Open Door

Who are we

Open Door was established by the Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre. We are a friendly place that works with the local migrants and refugees and their communities to identify their next steps to a great life situated at the Carlton public housing estate.


We provide a place where people can drop in to have a coffee, make a new friend, lead or take part in a fun workshop, borrow equipment from our kitchen library, improve their English language skills, learn and share other vital life skills, access information, and get practical advice.


We house the Make it Work program that offers the community employment services, support and activities to empower participants to have a more productive life.


Open Door empowers local people from diverse backgrounds to have a voice and find equal representation in the workforce, and in positions of leadership and responsibility. We work with community clients, employers, and education providers to reduce the barriers to employment and education, and build connections that benefit everyone.


We know that empowering someone to live well in a new country is more than just finding work. So we talk to other support agencies and departments on behalf of individuals and the whole community to make sure that people get the critical and ongoing support they need.


Our twenty years’ experience through the Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre means that Open Door has relationships with many support services to help the whole person, no matter what challenge they are facing, or whichever opportunity comes their way. We host clinics, such as a legal drop in service.


We also host workshops for community members to come together, be creative, and leave life’s stress outside the door. In those weekly sessions we make the space to sew, create artwork, do exercise, and learn from each other.


At Open Door we are a team of people from diverse backgrounds building respectful relationships with people from different organisations, communities and backgrounds.


Latest News

What's on?

Open Door outreach HubCome along to our Kitchen Library Launch!

11.30am-12.30pm on Friday 15th Novermber @ 480 Lygon Street, Carlton 

CNLC Newsletter

 We are hiring a new Executive Officer