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.

Adelaide South West Community Centre

The South West Community Centre promotes interaction within and among communities and facilitates community participation through the development of activities, classes and events that reflect and inspire a broad mix of interests. The centre has a community garden, exhibition space and facilitates a number of community watch groups. The South West Community Centre also has volunteer opportunities in administration, operations or special projects.

More info: Visit their website, aswcc [at] cityofadelaide.com.au (email) or phone (08) 8203 7801.

 

Box Factory Community Centre

The Box Factory Community Centre promotes interaction within and among communities and facilitates community participation through the development of activities, classes and events that reflect and inspire a broad mix of interests. The centre has a community garden, exhibition space and facilitates a number of community watch groups. The Box Factory also has volunteer opportunities in administration, operations or special projects.

More info: Visit their website, bfcc [at] cityofadelaide.com.au (email) or phone (08) 8203 7749.

 

Community Centres SA

For 30 years Community Centres SA have been a catalyst for community development by building the strength, capacity and influence of the sector. The team is committed to providing quality support and services to members by offering adult community education, community gardens and regular events for all ages. Got some spare time on your hands? They are always on the hunt for volunteers!

More info: Visit their website, info [at] communitycentressa.asn.au (email) or phone (08) 8371 4722.

 

North Adelaide Community Centre

Located in the heart of North Adelaide in the historic Institute Building, the North Adelaide Community Centre and Library caters to a wide range of local residents and visitors. From meditation and dance to language conversation and computer training, the community centre offers a vibrant program of regular activities, and new participants are always welcome. 

More info: Visit their website, nacc [at] cityofadelaide.com.au (email) or phone (08) 8203 7811.

 

Australian Military Wives Choir, Adelaide

The Australian Military Wives Choir is a choir for women who support military personnel in Adelaide. As a no audition, no experience necessary group, they welcome new members. Despite their name bearing the word ‘wives’, they welcome any woman who has close links to serving ADF members. Perhaps you're a female ADF member or a close family member - a partner, wife, sister or mother. For more information visit their website or follow them on Facebook.

 

 

 

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 Adelaide and Woodside.

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.

North East Defence Community Inc.

The North East Defence Community Inc. (NEDC) is a tri-service group based at RAAF Base Edinburgh. They organise events and activities to help Defence families and couples develop a support network. The NEDC is all about making new friends and enjoying Defence life in Adelaide.

More info: Visit their website, nedc.edinburgh [at] rocketmail.com (email) or like their Facebook page.  

 

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 SA branch, or find them on Facebook.

 

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!

 

Woodside Defence Families Association

The Woodside Defence Families Association (WDFA) provides support to Defence families in many ways, offering a variety of activities, events, information and support. The association welcomes new and current unit members and their families to the Adelaide Hills area. Working closely with the Unit, RHQ and the Padre to provide information and support for everyone, WDFA encourages partners and families to be part of the association by visiting the Playgroup and Community Centre buildings or following them on Facebook.

More info: Visit their website, wdfa10 [at] gmail.com (email), phone 0467 805 707 or like their Facebook page.  

 

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) provides free and confidential, nation-wide counselling and support for war and service-related mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance and anger. 

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