Your neighbourhood, your learning centre

Guest blog by Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre

The walls of 2–12 Derby Street, Kew hide a gem of a local resource. Stepping through the doors of Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre (KNLC) you are met by a hive of activity. This is much more than just a learning centre.

KNLC has a variety of educational classes such as language and IT, as well as special interest classes like botanical art or creative writing. It has a much talked about Occasional care program and a gambit of children’s classes to suit both pre-schoolers and primary aged children.

The Centre also has a social inclusion program for people with a disability or mental health issue and provides a myriad of activities to participants in this program. They have various Social Enterprise activities including a café, men’s shed and provedore range (sold through the Sparechair café).

The kitchen garden makes for a tranquil space tended to by House participants and providing the café with daily fresh produce for delicious home made meals. The men’s shed creates some wonderful pieces that are sold to the public. Our raised garden beds can be found in many a garden through out Boroondara. The shed also takes special orders.

KNLC provides a space for locals to be creative, learn a new skill or simply relax, having a coffee whilst people gazing, in our friendly Sparechair café.

Visit the Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre at 2–12 Derby Street, Kew or online at

Photos courtesy of Two Little Wrens Photography (

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