Community groups and centres

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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.

Bentons Square Community Centre

Bentons Community Centre is situated in the heart of the Mornington and Mount Martha district, and offers a range of cost-effective activities for people of all age groups. Whether it’s getting crafty with the kids or simply discussing a good book, Bentons Square Community Centre is a great place to have fun and make new friends.

More info: Visit their website, communitycentre [at] (email) or phone (03) 5977 2468.


Cerberus Cottage

Cerberus Cottage is a community centre for family and friends of Defence personnel based at HMAS Cerberus. Cerberus Cottage offers support, friendship and a social base for the local Defence community in and around the Mornington Peninsula. Activities offered include playgroup, coffee group, craft and fitness activities.

More info: Visit their website, coordinator [at] (email) or phone (03) 5983 0274.



Defence Special Needs Support Group
Defence Special Needs Support Group
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 on the Mornington Peninsula.

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.


Dromana Community House

Dromana Community House is an incorporated not-for-profit association that offers a range of low cost programs including health and wellbeing activities, art and craft, occasional childcare, information, referral, support and friendship. The house is a non-exclusive environment where you can follow your hobby/interest, learn from a tutor and from others with a similar interest.

More info: Visit their website, info [at] (email) or phone (03) 5987 2631.


Mornington Community and Information Support Centre

The Mornington Community Information and Support Centre is a community run, not-for-profit service that provides general community information and support services to the communities of Mount Eliza. Their services include counselling, tax help, legal advice, and a fresh food program.

More info: Visit their website, manager [at] (email) or phone (03) 5975 1644.

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.

More info: Visit their website to connect with your local Victorian branch, or find them on Facebook.