Hammertime – Jesuit Community College’s introduction to woodworking course – has returned to the Ecological Justice Hub after a break of several months.

Trainer Anj Hansen says the course is aimed at women and welcomes trans and gender diverse people. “Hammertime aims to provide a welcoming environment for people interested in exploring a trade as a career path, or just wanting to learn about using hand and power tools.”

Hammertime is delivered in a fully equipped wood working workshop located at Jesuit Social Services’ Ecological Justice Hub and a permaculture garden, in Brunswick, Melbourne – a space dedicated to both social and environmental justice.

Anj is a former high school teacher, social worker, and a qualified carpenter. She runs the courses with a focus on sustainability – across five workshops per course, participants use a recycled timber pallet to build a bench seat, with opportunities to discuss career pathways in the trades.

A Hammertime participant's bench seat

“There are no dumb questions in this class. I have lots and lots of patience and everyone takes home something they have made with their own hands,” Anj says.

The workshop is government-funded making it free for permanent residents or Australian or New Zealand Citizens not enrolled in mainstream secondary schools. People with disability are encouraged to enrol.

More information

For more information visit the Jesuit Community College website.