Kapooka Neighbourhood House
The Kapooka neighbourhood House is all about giving you the opportunity to meet, mingle, socialise, gain friends, share skills, participate in activities and events. We provide the opportunity and venue for you and your family to get involved in a range of exciting activities like book club, study groups, playgroups, social dinners (child free), special guest speakers and seminars, health and fitness groups, holiday activities and youth club. We look forward to seeing you, so come along to the Kapooka Neighbourhood House and join in the fun!
More info: Visit them on Facebook, email kapookaneighbourhoodhouse [at] gmail.com, phone (02) 6971 2015 or visit Kapooka Community Centre Sturt Ave, Kapooka NSW 2661.
ustralian Military Wives Choir – Wagga Wagga
The Choir is a place for fun, friendship and the sharing of music. No experience necessary!
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 Wagga.
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.
Defence Shed Wagga Wagga
Defence Shed Wagga Wagga is a new community organisation dedicated to filling the gap after the ADF and is open to serving and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families throughout the Riverina. It aims to promote health, wellbeing and healing through mateship and support by offering a range of activities such as woodworking, metal work, fundraising initiatives and social activities.
The RANCH (RAAF, Army, Navy Community House)
The RANCH is a tri-service community group that aims to provide a friendly environment for Defence spouses and families to socialise and make new friends while posted to Wagga. They organise community activities such as boot camps, first aid, cooking, paint ball, discos, ladies’ nights, family BBQs and lots more!
More info: Join the Facebook group or send them an theranchwagga [at] gmail.com (email).
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.
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!
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.
PCYC Wagga offer a great range of fun and safe activities for the whole community. They love working with the local community to provide quality opportunities for young people to succeed, be it in a sporting or recreational activity or just at being a great citizen. They also have a great group of volunteers that help out at the club and are always on the lookout for more if you’re interested!
More info: Visit their website, waggawagga [at] pcycnsw.org.au (email) or phone (02) 6921 5873.