Look up HeadSpace Wollongong on their social media channels for resources, tips and ticks for maintaining your mental health and wellbeing!

These resources and activities are created specifically for young people, and they provide practical suggestions for supporting healthy wellbeing such as breath exercises, reflective tasks and speaking about your emotions.

Find Headspace on Facebook.

If you need to get a referral you can still call them directly on (02) 4220 7660

Open Up online by One Eighty

Open Up is a free peer support program developed by One Eighty to fill a gap we identified in the mental health care sector. Their newly developed online support group are available to all young people aged 18 -29 year olds, who live in and around Sydney, and that includes everyone in the Illawarra!

Open Up is a discussion space, where participants can chat with other young people who are asking similar questions. Each session provides an opportunity for participants to connect with other young people in their area and share their experiences. These sessions are facilitated by young people who seek to create a time and space created for other young people to practice skills of sharing, listening, connecting with others, and asking for help.


  • Sunday afternoons from 5pm till 6:30pm  
  • Monday evenings from 7:00pm till 8:30pm  
  • Tuesday evenings from 7:00pm till 8:30pm  
  • Thursday evenings from 7:00pm till 8:30pm

How to join

You will need to register your attendance via our online booking system. Each session will be limited to 10 people.

Please note that Open Up sessions are for 18-29 year olds only.

Open Up — One Eighty

Shellharbour Library

There is a huge range of online resources which all of our library members can access at home. Explore thousands of free eBooks, eAudiobooks, e-Magazines and more HERE!

Shellharbour Museum

Explore your local area using online exhibitions through the Shellharbour City Museum. The online museum links you to various resources about Shellhabour’s heritage, family histories and photographic records. Take a stroll down memory lane, teach your children about the past or even help elderly community members reminisce about the days gone by.

Check out:

  • Online collections
  • Online exhibitions
  • Resources including Shellharbour Images Database



Scholastic Learn at Home is a free resource chock full of exciting articles, stories, videos, and fun learning challenges that children can complete at any time, in any order. Our active learning journeys are available on any device and will provide your child with up to three hours’ worth of exciting learning experiences per day.


Khan Academy

Khan Academy has self-paced, interactive content--exercises, videos and articles--for students in every grade and in most major subject areas. It is all free and non-commercial and can be accessed from anywhere in the world! With a range of activities for everyone from 2 – 18 years old, you’re sure to find something to suit your families online leaning needs.

Khan Academy is a US-based educational platform that provides online lessons and learning activities, as well as links to other resources such as podcasts for kids of all ages.


National Geographic

National Geographic has launched a new digital resource platform called NatGeo@Home to entertain and educate children affected by school closures and physical distancing measures put in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The platform serves as a centralised digital resource for families and educators looking for practical, educational and entertaining content to keep kids engaged with the natural world and the science behind it.

With a mixture of online and outdoor activities NatGeo@Home offers a diverse range of resources that can be used to independent learning, or to support family-based educational activities.


Event Brite

Event Brite are making the #StayHome movement as easy and fun as possible with a dedicated page for Connecting with Online Events.

Stay home and learn new skills, participate in group activities and get some exercise without ever stepping foot outside. We've rounded up the best online events that you can join from anywhere, as long as there's Wi-Fi.

Scroll through the list of free and paid events facilitated locally, nationally and internationally !


Class Bento

If you’re looking for fun indoor activities to enjoy from the comfort of your own home, ClassBento’s live classes online have you sorted!

Using a fully interactive live stream, your living room becomes the classroom! And, with our ClassBento Box delivered right to your door you can enjoy our live stream classes using all the materials and resources you would if you were in the workshop in person.

Whether it's punch needle embroidery, macrame workshop for kids, or exercising your green thumbs with a Kokedama or terrarium workshop, these rainy day activities are a sure fire way to stave off going stir-crazy when looking for fun things to do at home.

Some upcoming online events include: - Easter mosaic art for kids - Paint beautiful water colour birds - Modern Calligraphy - Hand stitch cotton face masks

To check out the full range of online craft workshops, available to both kids and adults, check out the link below:


Shellharbour City Library Free Online Courses

Choose from over 500 online non-college credit courses designed to support your lifelong learning. Courses include:

  • Art and photography
  • Business
  • Cooking
  • Psychology
  • Computer and technology
  • And many more!


Kiama Community College

f you’re looking for an opportunity to upskill or start up your own business to work from home then check out available online courses provided by a local, independent training provider Kiama Community College (KCC).

KCC offer a wide range of highly interactive courses that you can take entirely over the Internet. All of our courses are led by expert instructors, many of whom are nationally known authors. Our online courses are affordable, fun, fast, convenient, and geared just for you.

Kiama Community College offer enrolment into online courses that can be either facilitator-lead, or self-taught. Course price varies depends on the length of the course.

Contact details: (02) 4232 1050 (02) 4232 1051 info@kcc.nsw.edu.au



TAFE has recently announced the availability of fee-free select courses, to assist job seekers and workers looking to diversify their skills during COVID-19. “The NSW Government understands that circumstances have changed for a lot of people and business owners, which means the way they work and how they conduct their business has also changed.” The TAFE NSW fee-free accredited courses will contribute to helping businesses stay in business and people stay in jobs. It’s important to keep people employed and

ensure the workforce is given the strongest opportunity to rebound when things do improve. As many industries go into hibernation, it is the perfect time to upskill for the future! Young people are encouraged to apply, and learn valuable skills to boost their resume. The 21 short courses include:

  • eMarketing for Small Business
  • Engaging Customers Using Social Media
  • Writing and Presentation Skills
  • Computing Skills
  • Team Leader Skill Set
  • Administration Skills for Team Leaders.

To find out more about the free courses, and enroll online please check the TAFE Website: www.tafensw.edu.au/fee-free-short-courses


UOW Short online courses

Through the University of Wollongong’s free online short courses, you can study at your own pace from anywhere in the world.

Our Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) showcase internationally renowned research and expertise of UOW’s leading academics. In as few as two hours per week, you can study in your own time to complete a short course with NSW’s top-rated university. All MOOCs are delivered through our partner FutureLearn and there's no limit to how many you can do. It’s how bright minds spend their down time. https://coursefinder.uow.edu.au/moocs/index.html

Last updated : Fri 16 Jul 2021