Leichhart One Mile Community Centre
Leichhardt Community Group was originally established in 1984 to provide a means of assistance to wives who had husbands serving in the RAAF. Later the service was expanded to include all members of the local community in and around the suburbs of Leichhardt, One Mile and Wulkuraka, and has continued to provide this support and welfare services ever since. The Amberley Playgroup runs from the Leichhart One Mile Community Centre.
More info: Visit their website, LOMCC [at] LCGinc.org.au (email) or phone (07) 3812 1270.
Amberley Defence Families
Amberley Defence Families is a Facebook page that has been created for families of Defence members based at Amberley. There is no pre-requisite to join – your family can consist of babies, young children, teenagers or no kids. The group offers the opportunity to chat and meet with other Defence families online.
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.
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 Ipswich region.
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.
Ipswich Civic Centre
Since 1975, the premier cultural destination for Ipswich has been a focal point for the culture, community and corporate life of the region. Today, it has grown to become a centre of excellence in events, entertainment, exhibitions and even more.
More info: Visit their website to learn what’s on at the Civic Centre.
Little Blessings Toy Library - Amberley
The Amberley Toy Library is a service for parents and their kids to use toys and games they may not otherwise be able to afford, or use large toys they may not have the room to store. They lend to people in temporary accommodation including civilian and Defence families. The toy library is also ideal for mother’s groups and birthday parties where a few extra toys could be handy.
New Residents Orientation Tours
Moving into a new area is very exciting, and to help you settle in, Ipswich City Council would like to invite you and other members of your family to join them on a free orientation tour of Ipswich.
More info: Visit their website, or to make a booking call the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre on (07) 3281 0555.
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.
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.
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.