Community groups and centres

Defence maintains community centres and neighbourhood houses around Australia, where community group meetings or family-orientated activities can be held. Information on community groups and centres in the area is available from Your Community on the DCO website.

Baranduda Community Centre

The Centre provides a variety of educational, recreational, leisure, cultural, social and community support programs, including children's services, health centre and computer services. Situated in a peaceful bushland setting just ten minutes drive from Wodonga, this well-equipped Centre with tennis courts, cricket ovals and skate park is also available for hire.

More info: Visit their website, cbaranduda [at] wodonga.vic.gov.au (email) or phone (02) 6020 8026.

 

Thurgoona Community Centre

The Thurgoona Community Centre is for the wellbeing and health of all. For the young they have Child and Family Health Services, playgroups, dance and drama classes. For teens they have Chill Zone and Youth Leadership Training. For fitness they have boxing, cardio, Young at Heart fitness, Tai Chi, Pilates, Yoga, Line Dancing and AFL fitness. For the creatives they have Buds Art Group, Red Rubies craft and Stumpwork Embroidery. For social interaction they have the Coffee Shop, Digital Photography, Community Singing, Book Club and Film and Friendship.

More info: Visit their website, reception [at] thurgoonacommunitycentre.org.au (email) or phone (02) 6043 1588.

 

Bandiana Neighbourhood House

The Bandiana Neighbourhood House provides a range of learning courses and social activities for both Defence and Civilian families. They are also a registered childcare provider and provide various childcare options including occasional care, kinder and playgroup.

More info: bandiana [at] iinet.net.au (Email) them, phone (02) 6055 2137 or like their Facebook page for regular updates.  

 

Defence Special Needs Support Group

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 Albury.

More info: You can contact the DSNSG National Office on 1800 037 674 or national.coordinator [at] dsnsg.org.au, or visit their website for more details.

 

**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.

 

Glenecho Neighbourhood House

The Glenecho Neighbourhood House offers diverse and interesting programs and support groups, arts and crafts, playgroups, dru yoga, meditation, computers and tai chi.

More info: Visit their website, tnelson [at] alburycity.nsw.gov.au (email) or phone (02) 6025 9359.

 

Lavington Springvale Heights Community Centre

The Lavington Springvale Heights Community Centre offers computer courses, children's playgroups, craft courses, scrap booking, patchwork, quilting, knitting and crocheting. They also offer a free women's health clinic, an early childhood clinic, children's play gym, cubby house and sandpit.

More info: springcomm [at] southernphone.com.au (Email) or phone (02) 6025 3988.

 

NECANA Association Inc.

The NECANA Association is a volunteer organisation that supports Defence families in the Albury Wodonga Military Area by running programs and activities specifically designed and developed for them. Regular activities include the Pac-a-Picnic Program, the weekly NECANA Coffee Club, the Teens in Action Programs and the annual Defence Family Fun Day. 

 

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!

 

Sport North East

Sport North East is the Regional Sports Assembly in North East Victoria supporting the communities in the shires of Alpine, Indigo, Towong, Rural City of Wangaratta and City of Wodonga. Sport North East promotes the vital importance of building, maintaining and encouraging active sport and recreational activities and work with the community to ensure people of all abilities can participate in community recreation.

More info: Visit their website or phone (03) 5721 0200.

 

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.

More info: Visit their website to connect with your local NSW branch, or find them on Facebook.

 

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service provides free and confidential, nation-wide counselling and support for war and service-related mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance and anger. 

More info: Check out the VVCS Group Programs and VVCS Group Programs calendar.

 

Wodonga Skills and Jobs Centres

Skills and Jobs Centres offer a range of services aimed at supporting people find employment. Including face-to-face personalised careers advice, weekly workshops, as well as skills and training advice, they will support and help navigate you to new and exciting skills development opportunities.

More info: Visit their website to get involved.

 

*Welcome hamper*

NECANA Association Inc. Pac-a–Picnic Program is designed to welcome you and your family to the Albury/Wodonga Military Area. NECANA will provide you with a welcome hamper full of goodies to help you settle into your property. To find out more about getting a hamper phone 0400 711 752 between 9am-7pm Monday to Friday or send an contact [at] necana.org.au (email).

More info: Visit their website, necana [at] iinet.net.au (email) or phone 0434 710 056.