As our name suggests, the Beaufort St Community Centre is all about friends, family, socialising and learning - for fun and for life. Previously known as Mt Lawley Neighbourhood Learning Centre we're proud to have been a part of the Perth community for more than 30 years.
Our fantastic group of skilled volunteer and professional accredited teachers offer a range of classes throughout the year. We have courses for adults in fitness, yoga, craft, parenting and lifestyle. If you can't find what you're looking for, or have a skill of your own to share, we'd love to hear from you.
Membership with the Centre gives you access to our courses and social events and a whole lot more:
- Family membership and participation in social functions
- Discount photocopying
- Access to our craft book library
- Coffee and tea
- Access to room hire
The Mt Lawley Neighbourhood Learning Centre was formed in 1978 to provide creative and educational opportunities for locals in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Members met to discuss ideas, exchange skills and enhance their community. Inclusiveness was vital to the concept—childcare was an integral part and it was important that fees were kept to a minimum.
The first Learning Centre program included coffee evenings with guest speakers (50c a session) on a variety of topics such as family medicine and alternative gardening.
At the end of 1979, the Centre moved to its current home at 715 Beaufort St, Mt Lawley, which was purchased for the Centre by the City of Stirling with whom it holds a Management Licence. “Lerene House” is a beautiful heritage building and, while renovated over the years to stay safe and inviting, it retains the character, charm and atmosphere of its history.
The renovations have been funded in various ways, including grants from Lotterywest and the proceeds of fundraising and through the City of Stirling. As the Centre is a self-funded, volunteer-run, non-profit organisation, members pay membership and course fees which are supplemented by fundraising and the hiring out of meeting rooms to local groups. All funds raised go towards keeping the Centre in operation.
We rely upon the expertise of both accredited trainers and the generosity of local volunteers to provide affordable educational and entertaining courses for the community.
We do much more than just share the knowledge and skills of generous and talented people—we provide a focal point for new people in the area who want to make friends in a safe and welcoming environment
Our most recent change has been to adopt a new trading name, Beaufort St Community Centre, to make us easier to find, while remaining faithful to our history and location. We have also retained our original name, Mt Lawley Neighbourhood Learning Centre Inc..
And sadly, 2018 is the first year that we have not offered child care services to our members. In recent years the numbers of children using our service has fallen, to the point that it has become impossible for us to continue. The creche area is to be redeveloped for use by other classes. However, a small area will be retained so that we can offer creche (with parent on the premises) if the need arises.