SMYL Community Services' program delivers

Service with a SMYL: ParentsNext participation officer Lindee Carpish, administration officer Jaimie Laing and SEE coordinator Andrea Krishnan. Photo: Jesinta Burton.
Service with a SMYL: ParentsNext participation officer Lindee Carpish, administration officer Jaimie Laing and SEE coordinator Andrea Krishnan. Photo: Jesinta Burton.

With plenty of free courses and services on offer, non-for-profit community organisation SMYL Community Services Esperance is encouraging the community to check whether they are eligible to enrol today.

The statewide Registered Training Organisation has been in Esperance for more than five years, providing a number of courses on learning, reading, writing, oral communication, numeracy and computer skills.

People are typically referred by a number of community service organisations, including Centrelink, Maxx Employment, Forrest Personnel, ParentsNext and Bay of Isles Community Outreach.

Esperance is one of 10 locations with a SMYL Community Learning Centre, with an office space that includes play areas for young children, cooking facilities, free internet access and arts and crafts.

With eight clients currently on the roll, SEE [Skills for Education and Employment] co-ordinator Andrea Krishnan said the organisation was eager to further integrate itself in the community.

"Based on what your goals are and what you want to do in the future, we can assist you to achieve a Certificate 1 or 2 in business," she said.

"We also have a new course on offer which is called NOW, New Opportunities for Women.

"We also have a certificate in general education for adults and, if we feel they aren't able to access the course right now, we'll help to prepare them for it.

"We want this to be a real community that people come to both learn and to meet their friends.

"We are finding that the community aren't aware of the services that we offer and many of them would be eligible."

The courses offer flexible learning options, many of which require just 10 contact hours a week and offer hundreds of hours of free education.

The organisation shares an office space on The Esplanade with ParentsNext, a service for parents with children under six to assist them in achieving their study and career goals.

ParentsNext participation officer Lindee Carpish said the organisation offered adult education which allowed participants to work at their own pace.

"We're trying to provide a place where young people can come, particularly the early school leavers, and learn outside of that school environment and move forward," she said.

"This is adult education, allowing them to work at their own pace, their own level.

"There are not many places where you can go and undertake accredited courses for free.

"I don't know that the community are aware that anyone receiving a centrelink allowance would be eligible for the services we provide.

"We offer activities that are going to lead to something bigger and better later on.

"What we provide is a self-paced, inviting learning environment where children are welcome."

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/SMYLGoldfieldsEsperance/ or visit their office on The Esplanade next to BOICO.