Empowering the community through flexible learning opportunities

Cire Community Hub Yarra Junction

Who we are

Cire Services Incorporated is a uniquely ‘local’ not-for-profit (NFP) organisation and one of the largest NFPs serving the diverse population of the Yarra Ranges and Casey regions near Melbourne.

We do this through the following core operations:

Our co-educational independent secondary school offers flexible learning opportunities that are an alternative to mainstream schooling. We enjoy a growing reputation for the programs we have pioneered to meet the needs of our students and work tirelessly to make our school one of choice. We provide quality education and personal development opportunities that are hands-on, and relevant in order to engage our students in their secondary education and life beyond school.

Early Learning operates across multiple sites and focuses on the needs of families within our community. We provide long daycare with an integrated kindergarten program for children aged six weeks to six years, outside school hours care, and occasional care. We also have a supported playgroup, Gumboots, led by a qualified early childhood educator and offered at several convenient locations.

Cire Training offers nationally recognised and accredited qualifications and short courses, delivering a breadth of training services to help meet the diverse and changing needs of our community and facilitate greater inclusion. From short courses, work skills accredited units of competency, to accredited training, our programs are both non accredited and accredited and have helped many people to upskill and achieve their aspirations and career goals.

Our Community Hubs at Yarra Junction and Chirnside Park aim to empower people to learn, connect and belong. They’re a friendly, vibrant and inclusive hub that offers an extensive range of services, events such as markets and fundraising activities, room hire, community lunches, education and leisure programs and community development activities that reflect community needs and interests.

Programs include school holiday programs, environmental education, health and wellbeing support activities, and craft and hobby tuition. The Hub facilitates a range of community supports daily, such as public internet access, Centrelink access and resources, and free bread and meals. Our doors are always open to those who would like to pop in for a cuppa and a chat or some quiet time in our outdoor area.

What we do

Cire Services provides flexible learning opportunities, education and training and a depth and breadth of community programs and services to help meet the needs of people of all ages, particularly in the Upper Yarra catchment, where there is much socio-economic disadvantage.

Why we do it

We are driven by our commitment to connect people, provide flexible lifelong learning for people of all ages and interests, and support the community to identify and address its own needs.

We operate across sites in Yarra Junction, Mt Evelyn, Lilydale, Chirnside Park, and through outreach. Our core services are Cire Community School for disengaged students; Cire Early Learning; Cire Training, our Registered Training Organisation (RTO); and Cire Community Hubs, which offer various programs and services.

We have earned a strong reputation as a credible advocate for those in our community who experience social and economic disadvantages, including homelessness, isolation, loneliness, unemployment, mental health challenges and associated issues.

Nationally recognised as a charity and not-for-profit organisation, we rely on the ongoing generosity of the wider community and government and philanthropic funding to help bring about change and make a positive difference in the lives of others.

Experience  – With over 30 years experience you can be assured you are in good hands.

Community focused – We care about the community and deliver quality services with the community in mind.

Dedicated Team – From tutors to bus drivers the Cire team are a committed bunch that put people first.

Here to help – That’s right. From early childhood learning to planning your career Cire is here to provide support to people of all ages.

Cire would like to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land and waterways where we work, meet and play. We acknowledge the rich culture of our First Nations people and pay our respect to Elders past and present.

We commit to ensuring everyone we work with is safe, empowered, supported and respected, especially our young people. We support and celebrate diversity of race, culture, ability, gender, sexuality and gender identity.

We are an inclusive organisation that values the unique perspectives of all our employees. We believe diversity makes us stronger and helps us better serve our community. Our goal is to create a workplace where everyone feels welcome, respected and valued.

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