Including Singleton, Tamworth, Williamtown, Maitland and Newcastle
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The childcare centre, pre-school and playgroup currently located at RAAF Base Williamtown will be moving to a temporary location at Raymond Terrace in January 2017, ready for the school year.
Childcare services currently located at RAAF Base Williamtown will close on 16 December 2016, as directed by the Chief of Air Force, following noise level studies on fast-jet bases.
A permanent childrens' services facility, planned to open in 2018, will be built on land at Medowie to include a childcare, preschool and a play/craft group facility.
Please note that the playgroup will move to a temporary location at Ferodale Oval in Medowie (opposite Kirrang Drive) at the end of the year and plan to re-open on 7 February 2017.
Help for posting families - individual case management service
DCO has established an individual case management service which is being offered to all Defence families to help them source alternative childcare options. To discuss your family’s needs, call the all-hours Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608 or email@example.com.
Visit the aircraft noise website for information about Defence's management of aircraft noise near Childcare facilities.
Community groups & centres
We are an informal group of Defence spouses located in the Maitland area. All of us know how hard it is to have no family support nearby and to find good GP's, daycare, schools, shopping, etc in a new posting. Our aim is to provide a support network for defence families in the area through regular meet-ups, dinners, and other social events.
Our members consist of those with young children, those with school aged children and ladies who work or study. Those without children are particularly welcome as it can be sometimes hard to make social contacts in a new posting straight away. So we cater for everyone.
Phone: 0428 387 452
Facebook: Defence Families Maitland
Newcastle Buddies is a group for Defence partners and families who reside in the Newcastle area - to help us get to know each other, support each other, have fun together and make new friends! We organise regular events&invite you through Facebook - feel free to come along to any of these.
On the Facebook group site, please share your favourite activities&spots in the area, restaurants, playgroups, gyms, doctors, dentists, sporting facilities, shops, holidays destinations, community events ... basically anything you feel will help your fellow Novocastrians.
Facebook: Newcastle Buddies
For those new to the area with school aged children, we would love to see come for a cuppa and a chat! We have a different craft activity for the kids every week, lots of indoor and outdoor toys and one of the best playgrounds in town. BYO morning tea for the kids. Weekly fees are $2 per single child family, and $3 per 2 children and more. These fees go towards supplies and our end of year Christmas party.
Where: DC Hall (next to the DCO office), Singleton Military Area
When: Every Monday 10 am to 12 pm (including school holidays)
Facebook: Little Diggers Playgroup
Timetable: RAAF Williamtown Family Room
A formal Social Club of Defence spouses located in the Newcastle Hunter region. Our aim is to provide a support network for Defence families in the area through regular morning teas, dinners and other social events.
We cater for everyone. Our members consist of those with young children, those with school aged children and those who work or study. Those without children are particularly welcome as it can be hard to make soical contacts in a new posting straight away.
Facebook: Defence Families Williamtown Social Club.
We are a support group for Defence partners who live in the Raymond Terrace, Medowie and Williamtown areas, who meet on the first Wednesday of the month, with the location changing between friends’ homes, cafes&parks. We also have lunches, social events and themed parties.
We generally meet during the day, this way it doesn’t take us away from our families, and it’s usually the time that we’d like the company, when the children are at school and hubbies at work. Children are always welcome, just bring along their favourite toy or blanket, a drink and some snacks.
This group is about support, so you are more than welcome even if you’re children are at school, or even left home. We’ve moved plenty of times and have had to make friends too. Please don’t hesitate to let any of us know if we can help make your posting that little bit easier.
Phone: Terri-lea on 0421 023 615
Facebook: Terrace Buddies
Not-for-profit organisation, is managed by a management committee comprising ADF parents on a voluntary basis. For children 3-5 years old.
Centre Director: Michelle Curtin
Phone: 02 403 47642
The playgroup is a place where parents and carers with children aged 0-5 can socialise and encourage development in a child friendly environment.
Where: Ferodale Oval, Medowie
When: Tuesday 9.30am to 12.00pm and Friday 9.30am to 12.00pm.
More info: firstname.lastname@example.org
VVCS provides free and confidential, nation-wide counselling and support for war and service-related mental health conditions, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance and anger.
The Craft Group is an opportunity for spouses to meet other spouses in the area. Child minding is available and coffee and tea is provided.
Where: RAAF Williamtown Family Room
When: Every Wednesday, 10 am–12 noon (except for school holidays)
More information: email@example.com
This group oversees a number of local Defence groups including:
More info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Group of Defence and Civilian spouses who reside in Nelson Bay, Salamander Bay, Corlette and Anna Bay that meet once a month to share information, chat and have fun in an informal atmosphere.
Phone: Debra on 49811444b/h or 0423766378
The Gan Gan Family Centre provides information, education and support to families with children aged 0-8 living across the Tomaree Peninsula. The Centre aims to ensure that parents are confident, connected to their community and equipped to support their children's development.
The Centre offers a range of services and programs including:
When: The Centre is open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm during the school term
Call: 4982 1767
To create a network of Defence families on the Central Coast, for support, company, and to assist planning future family group outings, in order to create a sense of belonging to the Defence Community.
Email: Catherine at email@example.com
Facebook: Defence Families Central Coast
Like the DCO Hunter Facebook page to find details about the local area, events and groups, shared by other Defence families.
The following resources and websites can give you a good grounding in local information and services available.
NEWCASTLE & WILLIAMTOWN
You can also talk to your Unit Welfare Officer for more information.