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The Ballan Community House is a Learn Local organisation offering a range of education and training programs designed to meet your learning needs.

Become a Volunteer

Volunteers are Very Important

There are many different aspects to the work of the Ballan & District Community House and Adult Education Centre, and many tasks are undertaken by volunteers. Without this assistance, it would not be possible to offer the wide range of activities and courses on offer.

Several of the classes run at the Community House are provided by volunteers and volunteers run the monthly Men's Group barbeque at the IGA on the fourth Saturday of the month and volunteers help stock the library of books and jigsaws which is available to members to borrow.

We also have volunteers who give their time to help in the office by answering phone queries and by doing graphic design, typing, photocopying and related tasks. Each volunteer is encouraged to become involved in the mission of the Community House to reduce social isolation and to increase the skills and experience of the residents in the district.  All volunteers have rights and appropriate responsibilities and are supported in obtaining appropriate training.

Please phone 5368 1934 to arrange a time to come in to the Community House to discuss how you might contribute to the work of the organisation in a way that best suits your interests, skills and experience.

Volunteers (Sarah Bertoncello, Claire Wilson, Michelle Gersch & Concetta McFall) with Manager (Lyn Plummer)Volunteers (Sarah Bertoncello, Claire Wilson, Michelle Gersch & Concetta McFall) with Manager (Lyn Plummer)

Volunteer Skills Training

  • Are you keen to develop your office skills? 
  • Would you like to help a not-for-profit organisation? 
  • Would you like to better prepare yourself for work?

The Ballan & District Community House regularly runs a Volunteer Skills course which involves 40 hours of study (4 hours per week for 10 weeks).

In the course, volunteers will develop team work ability in a busy office, learn reception skills, and brush up on telephone and computer skills.

Not only will you improve your employability skills, you will receive a Certificate of Participation to add to your resume - and you will have met many friends along the way!

A position in this course requires your time and commitment. If you are the right person for the course, you may enrol for free!!!

Phone us on 5368 1934 to see if this position could be right for you.


For further information about the Society and joining see below

1 > 10th February

The Lobster - PosterThe Lobster - PosterThe Lobster  (2015)

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

An unconventional love story set in a dystopian future

2 > 10th March

Lady Bird PosterLady Bird PosterLady Bird (2017)

Directed by Greta Gerwig

Heartbreaking and utterly original coming of age journey

3 > 14th April

No Country for Old Men - PosterNo Country for Old Men - PosterNo Country for Old Men (2007)

Directed by Ethan and Joel Coen

A crime/drama/thriller based on a 2005 story by Cormac McCarthy. Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.

4 > 12th May - NEXT

The Party - PosterThe Party - PosterThe Party (1968)

Directed by Blake Edwards

A clerical mistake results in a bumbling Indian film star being invited to an exclusive Hollywood party instead of being fired.

To me, “The Party” is the quintessential Sellers movie and one of the most daring films of Edwards. A masterpiece. (Henrik Sylow)

5 > 9th June


6 > 14th July


7 > 8th September


8 > 8th September


9 > 13th October


10 > 10th November



Film Society Membership

$75 for 10 films

Full membership to the Ballan Film Society provides

  • entry to the annual program of 10 films
  • to be able to bring a different guest along each week
  • membership to the BDCH
  • discounts on BDCH programs & activities

Applications can be submitted to the office of the Ballan & District Community House or emailed to 

Please note that to finalize the application form will require

  • the applicant to be nominated by a current financial member of the BDCH or Ballan Film Society
  • approval of the board, and
  • some form of ID to be sighted by BDCH staff

Membership Application Form

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Film Voucher

$30 for 3 films

An alternate to full membership is to purchase a voucher which allows you to choose the films you wish to see. These are available at the door or from the Community House office


For EFT payment details please go to here  for more information 

For further details of the Society or for assistance in becoming a member please contact Ballan & District Community House or email

The Ballan Film Society is a member of the FEDERATION OF VICTORIAN FILM SOCIETIES inc.

Please note that membership to the Ballan Film Society is only available to persons 18 years and over