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!
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.
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 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.)
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.
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
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!
Penrith Military Spouse Weekly Morning Tea
When: Thursday morning fortnightly.
Where: The Little House of Coffee at the Flower Power Garden Centre, Orchard Hills .
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.