Gallipoli Barracks Community Centre
The Gallipoli Barracks Community Centre is a community centre dedicated to providing activities and information to the Defence community situated in and around the Gallipoli Barracks Base, Enoggera. They have weekly activities held during the day that cater for partners and families, and hold events during the evenings and weekends to cater for those that can't make it during the day or for partners that are keen for some timeout without the kids!
More info: Send them an gbcc_coordinator [at] outlook.com (email).
Australian Military Wives Choir
The Australian Military Wives Choir (AMWC) is looking for women in the Defence community to lead a group of women's voices. Despite their name bearing the word ‘wives’, they welcome any woman who has close links to serving ADF members. No experience necessary!
Autism Queensland is a not-for-profit organisation with a vision for a life of participation, opportunity and choice for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They provide specialised education, therapy and support services for people of all ages with ASD and their families and are Queensland's longest serving and most experienced agency in the delivery of early intervention, education and training, therapy and respite care.
More info: Visit their website to connect with their many offices throughout QLD.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters helps young people who face serious adversity; those who have little opportunity to develop positive and supportive relationships with adults. The charity group facilitates meaningful, monitored mentoring matches between adult volunteers (Bigs) and children living with disadvantage (Littles), ages 7 through 17. Big Brothers Big Sisters is always on the lookout for volunteers.
More info: Visit their website to learn how to get involved.
Classes at Canungra Yoga have a great community feel about them and it's a place where you can meet up with old friends, make new friends or just have complete time to yourself. Canungra Yoga studio is located in the hall behind the lovely old Uniting Church in the heart of Canungra.
More info: Visit the website or phone 0421 871 564 to learn more about getting involved.
Centenary Community Connections
Centenary Community Connections (CCC) is a not-for-profit, charity endorsed, totally volunteer local community group that organises the ‘Centenary Rocks!’ festival and other seasonal events and family-focused activities. ‘Music at the Hub’ evenings, where members bring live easy listening, jazz or folk music to the suburbs, has also become a very popular event within the CCC.
More info: Visit their website, info [at] centenaryrocks.com (email) or phone 0499 999 772.
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 Brisbane.
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.
Encircle is a community-owned and operated organisation for individuals and families in the Pine Rivers district. The Centre responds to personal and community needs within a safe and welcoming environment. They provide a voice for the community by building and maintaining partnerships and offer low cost meeting space for local community groups and organisations.
More info: Visit their website, encircle [at] encircle.org.au (email) or phone (07) 3889 0063.
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.
RSL Queensland has evolved to be the largest ex-service organisation in the state, with over 240 Sub Branches across 10 districts offering practical assistance including: Assistance with DVA claims; emergency financial assistance; home and hospital visits; short-term emergency accommodation; low cost housing; bereavement assistance; comradeship and mateship and connections to other ex-service organisations.
Their staff and volunteers work to: Provide ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day services; provide welfare and support for the wounded, injured and ill and their families; honour the memory of those who have served through commemorative events; preserve the spirit of mateship within the ADF community and promote the interests of veterans and ADF members to Government and the wider community.
More info: Visit their website or call (07) 3634 9444.
Studio Village Community Centre
The Centre runs a number of play groups in the northern Gold Coast area and also offers a range of community activities and programs with a friendly smile and helping hand.
More info: Visit their website, cdo [at] studiovillage.com.au (email) or phone (07) 5529 8253.
Picabeen Community Association Inc.
Connecting the people of north-west Brisbane with their local community, Picabeen offers a wide range of services including young parents' playgroups, computer and English classes, the Triple P Positive Parenting Program, and tai chi and holistic human development classes.
More info: Visit their website or phone (07) 3354 2555.
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.
The PCYC community centres in the Brisbane region including at Inala, Carindale, Lang Park and Sandgate provide a large variety of sporting and recreation activities through to arts classes, dances and a Junior Boys band. The club is proud of its strong heritage and it is still today a prominent community centre providing activities for all members of the community at very affordable prices.
Queensland Quilters is a not-for-profit organisation with the objectives of promoting the art and craft of patchwork and quilting, bringing together people interested in patchwork and quilting, encouraging and maintaining high standards of workmanship and design in both traditional and contemporary work, and organising exhibitions and workshops.
More info: Visit their website or send an info [at] qldquilters.com (email) to learn about getting involved.
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!
Solid Rock Ministries
Solid Rock Ministries is a group that provides support and encouragement for Christian Defence spouses and serving members. A group of ladies meet in Brisbane on a regular basis.
More info: Send then an solidrockedfence [at] gmail.com (email) or like their Facebook page.
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.