Duntroon Community Centre
Originally opened in 1981, the Duntroon Community Centre (DCC) has always offered Defence families a place to go for companionship and support. Located on the grounds of RMC Duntroon, the DCC is a fabulous facility which offers a diverse array of programs and activities, available to both military (all services) and civilian families. The centre also has an amazing stack of ski gear to hire!
ACT Gifted Support
ACT Gifted Support is a local support group affiliated with the NSW Association for Gifted and Talented Children, made up of volunteers, all parents of gifted children. Please note that this is an ACT community group and not exclusive to Defence families. The group provides support for gifted children and their families by way of organising fun and education activities, guest speakers, family days and general information and guide to other resources.
More info: Visit their website or send an actgifted [at] gmail.com (email).
Australian Military Wives Choir, Canberra
The Australian Military Wives Choir (AMWC) Canberra is a choir for women who support military personnel in Canberra. As a no audition, no experience necessary group, they welcome new members. Despite their name bearing the word ‘wives’, they welcome any woman who has close links to serving ADF members. Perhaps you're a female ADF member or a close family member - a partner, wife, sister or mother?
Belconnen Community Service
Belconnen Community Service (BCS) is a regional community service providing services, programs and activities in the Belconnen region. They offer a wide range of services that are accessible to everyone in the community including: children’s programs, community transport, youth and family support, mental health programs and the Social Bean Café.
More info: Visit their website, bcs [at] bcsact.com.au (email) on phone (02) 6264 0200.
Canberra Mums was established to connect expecting, new and experienced mums in a supportive space to discuss amazing products and services, and share cool ideas and inventions which make mum’s lives just a little bit easier.
Community Services #1
Community Service #1 is a community based not-for-profit, non-government organisation which manages and delivers a range of community services including community development, family support services, training services, children’s services and aged care and disability services.
More info: Visit their website, admin [at] communityservices1.org (email) or phone (02) 6126 4700.
The Defence Special Needs Support Group (DSNSG) provides peer support and a range of programs to support Defence families with special needs. DSNSG has coordinators and groups right across Australia including here in the ACT.
More info: DSNSG has coordinators and groups right across Australia. To find a coordinator near you visit their website.
**Defence families with special needs**
Defence Community Organisation (DCO) provides practical assistance to Defence families who have dependants with special needs. This assistance especially focuses on reducing the impact of relocations and minimising any interruption to specialist services that the dependant needs.
In order to receive any of the assistance and support services available, you will first need to have your dependant with special needs formally recognised by Defence. Forms and details can be found on the DCO website.
The Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation supports kids living in families affected by mental illness. The program provides recreational educational camps and other activities, giving kids a break, in a fun, positive and safe environment. Kids have the opportunity to meet other kids in similar families and develop new friendships.
More info: Visit their website, phone (02) 9525 7474, or like their Facebook page to lean more.
Northside Community Service
Northside Community Service is a community-based, not-for-profit organisation established in 1976 through the efforts of concerned people wanting to provide and develop support and services for residents of North Canberra. In responding to the needs of the community they currently deliver a diverse range of services including children’s services and social groups.
More info: Visit their website or phone (02) 6257 2255.
The Partners of Veterans Association of Australia
The Partners of Veterans Association of Australia (PVA) is a nationwide support network for partners of past and present members of the ADF, offering support, friendship, information and understanding. PVA believes there is a great need for support for all partners/carers, widows/widowers and families of Australian veterans, both now and in the future.
Soldier On - 'Helping our wounded warriors'
Soldier On provides a suite of services and access to partner organisations to meet the needs of our wounded serving and ex-serving men and women so that they can start their journey on their road to recovery. They offer support staff, psychological assistance, links with local services and a support network of other veterans and families.
Soldier On also has Reintegration and Recovery Centres throughout Australia as part of its Reintegration and Recovery Network. These centres are located in Canberra, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and the Gold Coast.
More info: Visit their website, phone 1300 620 380 or like their Facebook page to find a centre near you and learn how to get involved. Soldier On are always looking for volunteers to fundraise and spread the good word!
Solid Rock Ministries is a group that provides support and encouragement for Christian Defence spouses and serving members.
More info: solidrockdefence [at] gmail.com (Email) Julianne McMaster or visit their Facebook page.
Open Arms - Veterans and Families Counselling
Open Arms provides counselling and support services to Australia's military community. If you have served one day of continuous full-time service in the ADF you can call them for support. They also support families, reservists and some peacekeepers. Call Open Arms - Veterans and Families Counselling on 1800 011 046 for free, confidential counselling and group programs to support mental health and wellbeing.
More info: Check out the Open Arms - Veterans and Families Counselling website and group programs.
Woden Community Service
Woden Community Service has been true to its mission and purpose since it was established in 1969. Their values of hope, community, integrity and responsiveness continue to form the cornerstone of each and every service they provide - from child care to working with seniors.
More info: Visit their website, info [at] wcs.org.au (email) or phone (02) 6282 2644.