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.

Anklebiters Playgroup

Anklebiters invite you to join them! Children of all ages are welcome.This friendly Defence playgroup is very well equipped, and has a shaded outdoor area.
Where: Randwick Barracks
When: Tuesday mornings, 9.30 am-11.30 am
More info: anklebitersplaygroup [at] hotmail.com | 0459 176 212

 

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 their website or phone (02) 4571 1909.

 

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.

 

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 – 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 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.

 

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 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: 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.

 

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 the website or phone 1800 780 900.

 

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. 

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.

 

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!

 

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 (PTSD), anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance and anger. 

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

 

Military Brotherhood MMC - Illawarra Sub-Branch

The Military Brotherhood MMC Illawarra Sub Branch is a Tri Service club which comprises of serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members including Commonwealth Forces, families, friends and supporters. Their mission is to provide a ‘safe-haven’ incorporating camaraderie, mateship and support to all members and non-members, while providing a common and enduring bond through Defence service and motorcycles. As a recognised and approved Ex-Service Organisation (ESO) the MBMMC Illawarra Sub Branch provide qualified welfare, pension and advocacy support to ex-service members and Veterans. We achieve this by promoting a harmonious working relationship with Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) and other (ESO’s).

More info: illawarra [at] militarybrotherhood.com.au (Email), phone 0412 404 630 or visit their website.

Holsworthy Family 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.

More info: Visit their website, coordinator [at] holsworthyfamilygroup.org (email), phone 0497 777 601 or like their Facebook page.

 

Kissing Point Cottage

Kissing Point Cottage is a tri-service community house in the Sydney district of Ermington/Dundas. The aim of the Cottage is to support military spouses and their children 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, try one of their weekly sessions!

More info: kissingpointcottage [at] gmail.com (Email), phone (02) 9874 4052 or visit the Kissingpoint Cottage Facebook page.