Community groups and centres

Useful links

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.

3Bridges Community

As community leaders, 3Bridges Community create opportunities for personal growth and assistance with day-to-day life. They run a number of programs focused on education and training, support and personal development, or social activities. Their services are for all people of all ages including children and families, youth, adults and more senior members of the community. 3Bridges looks after the Carss Park Community Centre, Penhurst Community Centre, Arncliffe Community Centre, and the Menai Community Centre.

More info: Visit their website to learn more about getting involved.

Australian Military Wives Choir

Australian Military Wives Choir
Australian Military Wives Choir

Australian Military Wives Choir – Richmond

The Choir is a place for fun, friendship and the sharing of music. No experience necessary!

More info: Visit their website, contact them via amwc.sydney.city [at] gmail.com (email) or follow them on Facebook.

Defence Empty Nesters No Kids (DENNKS)

Monthly social gatherings held at various locations. We invite single ADF members, members who are MWDU, Defence empty nesters and Defence families who have no children to join us.
Contact: 
Facebook

Defence Families Central Coast

A network of Defence families on the Central Coast, for support, company, and to create a sense of belonging to the Defence Community. Offers fortnightly coffee mornings and other activities.

More info:  Visit their Facebook page.

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Defence Special Needs Support Group
Defence Special Needs Support Group

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 the Sydney region, including in Richmond, Sydney North, Sydney South and Liverpool.

More info: DSNSG has coordinators and groups right across Australia. To find a coordinator near you visit their website.

Defence Richmond Family Centre - RAAF Base Richmond

The Defence Richmond Family Centre is a local community centre that strives on supporting and uplifting the spouses, families and serving members of the ADF at RAAF Base Richmond.

They host activities that cater to a whole range of members and families like playgroup, book club, Family BBQs, Ladies night in/out, picnic coffee catch-ups, training programs and workshops. Everyone’s welcome

Where: 13 McNamara Avenue, RAAF Base Richmond.

When: Wed 12.30pm-2.30pm and Friday 10.00am-12.00pm 

More info: Visit their Facebook page or send them an richmondfamilycentre [at] gmail.com (email.)

Flowerdale Cottage

The cottage, run by non-profit organisation Flourish Australia offers structured activities that aim to improve the wellbeing of consumers and increase their independence. They run groups on healthy living, art therapy, relaxation, yoga, gym, trivia and games as well as weekly outings to places like the beach and national parks.

Where:  19 Flowerdale Rd, Liverpool.

When: Mon- Fri 9.00am – 3.00pm.

More info: 02 9601 1616  | Flowerdale Cottage website.

Go4Fun - Health and wellbeing for children aged 7 to 13

Go4Fun is a free healthy living program, sponsored by the NSW Government, for kids to become fitter, healthier and happier. The program is fun and interactive and supports 7 to 13-year-old children and their families to adopt a healthy lifestyle and a long lasting and healthy approach to living. Children and their families become fitter, healthier and happier as they have fun, meet new friends and learn new skills. With many locations throughout Sydney, Go4Fun is accessible to all newcomers to the region.  

More info: Visit their website or phone 1800 780 900.

Holsworthy Community Group

Holsworthy Family Group is a tri-service community house established to support Defence families posted to the Sydney/Liverpool area. The community house provides a broad range of activities, events and programs to match the needs of all Defence families.

Where: Building G229, Soldiers Way, Holsworthy Barracks | Liverpool Military Area.

Mail: P.O. Box 6064 Hammondville NSW 2170.

More info: Phone: 0497 700 155 coordinator [at] holsworthycommunitygroup.com.au (email) them, visit their website or Facebook page. 

Kissingpoint Cottage

Kissingpoint Cottage is a Defence community house in the Sydney district of Ermington/Dundas. We support Defence members and their families in a fun and friendly environment where everyone understands the unique lifestyle and challenges faced by Defence families.

If you are new to the area or would simply like to make some new friends, come along and try some of their weekly sessions. We would love to meet you!
Where: The house just behind Timor Barracks, 282 Kissing Point Road, Dundas NSW

When:

Tuesday: Fitness (10:00—11:00 am)

Tuesday: Bumps & Bubs (10:00 am—12:00 pm)

Wednesday: Playgroup (10:00 am—12:00 pm)

Thursday: Occasional Care (fortnightly, 10:00 am—2:00 pm)

Thursday: After school club (3:30 pm—5:30 pm)

Friday: Craft & Chat (10:00 am—12:30 pm)

North Richmond Community Centre

North Richmond Community Centre is a busy and vibrant community centre with lots of exciting things happening for the whole community. It's a place where people meet, have fun, learn, find support and get involved. Children, young people and seniors - there is something for everyone!

More info: Visit the events calendar on their website follow them on Facebook or phone (02) 4571 1909.

Penrith Military Spouse Weekly Morning Tea

When: Thursday morning fortnightly.
Where: The Little House of Coffee at the Flower Power Garden Centre, Orchard Hills .
Time: 10am

More info: Phone Indah on 0400 774 876 or visit their Facebook page.

Peppercorn Services Inc.

Provide a range of community services for residents in the Hawkesbury. They offer leisure and educational programs, family and early childhood support services, community transport, activities and events for seniors.

Where: 320 George Street, Windsor.

When: Mon – Fri 8.30am-4.00pm

More info: Phone (02) 4587 0222, visit their website or Facebook page.

Randwick Family Centre

Randwick Family Centre (formerly Anklebiters Playgroup) run Playgroup twice a week, Mum’s and Bub’s group, Drop-in Fridays, Book Club, After School Club, Social Club and Adult Learning Classes. New members are always welcome.

Where: Randwick Barracks, Avoca Rd, Randwick.

When: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

More info: randwickfamilycentre [at] outlook.com (Email) them, call Mel on 0449 163 904, Rachel on 0447 004 868 or visit their Facebook page.

Redfern Community Centre

The Redfern Community Centre is designed for all groups from the local community. The Centre seeks to create and strengthen social links through shared cultural and recreational pursuits with a focus on art, music, culture, employment and training, and community events.

More info: Visit their website for the Centre’s activity timetable, redferncc [at] cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au (email) or phone (02) 9288 5713.

Richmond Community Services Inc. & Neighbourhood Centre

Works together with local residents and the community to identify needs and improve services to the Hawkesbury. Services include: - groups & community development, family support, neighbour aid, tools for parents and hall hire.

More info: Visit their website, facebook page or phone (02) 4588 3502.

The Green Army - Connecting people with the environment

The Green Army is an Australian Government initiative open to young people including Indigenous Australians, school leavers, gap year students, graduates and job seekers who are looking to develop skills, undertake training, and gain experience in the delivery of conservation projects. Through this, participants will enhance opportunities for careers and further training in conservation.

More info: Visit the website to join and find your nearest Green Army project. 

The Hills District Defence Spouse & Families Group

Meet at various locations at Rouse Hill town Centre for a catch-up with a coffee, an evening out or a movie.
More info: Contact Michelle on 0422 954 340.

Macarthur Disability Services

Macarthur Disability Services assists people with a disability to access information, advocates and lobbies to ensure they receive appropriate services after careful consultation and recognition of their needs.

Where: Ground Floor, 138 Queen Street Campbelltown NSW.

More info: Visit their website or phone (02) 4621 8400.

The Junction Works

At The Junction Works, their Mission is ‘Creating New Possibilities in People’s Lives’. They generate more opportunities for people with a disability, and to improve the lives of people suffering hardship and disadvantage.

More info: Phone (02) 8777 0500 or visit their website.

Beyond Blue

Beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

More info: Phone 1300 224 636 for 24/7 support.

Kookaburra Kids

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.

Lifeline

Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. Lifeline is committed to empowering Australians to be suicide-safe through connection, compassion and hope.

Phone: Phone 13 11 14 for 24/7 support.

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.

RSL DefenceCare

RSL DefenceCare works with ADF service men and women, and their families, to provide a holistic and client-focused service, addressing their unique issues and concerns. With offices in Sydney, RSL DefenceCare helps current and ex-serving members of the ADF and their families at times of illness, injury and crisis. Anyone across Australia is welcome to get in touch.

More info: Visit their website or phone (02) 8088 0388.

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!

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, or follow them on Facebook.

Defence Richmond Family Centre

Defence Richmond Family Centre supports the spouses and families of current serving Defence Force Members. Located at RAAF Base Richmond, this support group meets during the week and playgroups run through the school holidays.

More info: Visit their website or contact them via richmondfamilycentre [at] gmail.com (email).

**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.