ADF members and families in Sydney and Liverpool are invited to come along to our welcome event at Symbio Wildlife Park on Sunday 17 February 2019. Check out the amazing native and exotic animals at the zoo and cool off in the new splash park! A range of community groups and organisations will also be there to provide information about the support, assistance and activities available in the area. Numbers are limited, so get in early!
Bookings are essential and admission to the zoo is by wristband only. Contact the DCO Sydney and Liverpool office on 02 8782 8522 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place and arrange collection/delivery of your wristbands.
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Community groups & contacts
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.
Kookaburra Kids Head Office
PO BOX 681 Gymea 2227
(02) 9525 7474
Beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.
Phone: 1300 22 4636 24/7 support
A network of Defence families on the Central Coast, for support, company, and to create a sense of belonging to the Defence Community.Offers a fortnightly coffee mornings and other actitivies.
More information: Facebook - Defence Families Central Coast
The Defence Special Needs Support Group is a non-profit benevolent volunteer organisation established to assist ADF families with a family member with special needs.
More info: DSNSG Liverpool
The cottage, run by non-profit organisation Flourish Australia offers structured activities that aim to improve the wellbeing of consumers and increase their independence. They run groups on healthy living, art therapy, relaxation, yoga, gym, trivia and games as well as weekly outings to places like the beach and national parks.
More info: 02 9393 9152 | Flowerdale Cottage website
Go4Fun is a free healthy living program for kids to become fitter, healthier and happier. The program is fun and interactive and supports 7 to 13 year old children and their families to adopt a healthy lifestyle and a long lasting and healthy approach to living. Children and their families become fitter, healthier and happier as they have fun, meet new friends and learn new skills.
How to register: Call 1800 780 900 or visit Go4Fun website.
The Green Army is an Australian Government initiative open to young people including Indigenous Australians, school leavers, gap year students, graduates and job seekers who are looking to develop skills, undertake training and gain experience in the delivery of conservation projects. Through this, participants will enhance opportunities for careers and further training in conservation.
More information: Conservation Volunteers website
Holsworthy Family Group is a Tri Service Community House established to support Defence Families posted to the Sydney/ Liverpool Area. We are able to offer Defence families a variety of activities and programs.. Our Community house provides a broad range of activities, events and programs to match the needs of ALL Defence families, this include Lateral Families, Families with young/school age/teenage children, Families with no children, Families with both parents serving and MWDU families.
Coffee & Chat - Every Monday 10:00am – 12:00pm at Moorebank Sports Club (Sporties).
Playgroup - Every Tuesday 10:00am – 12:00pm
Group Fitness - Every Wednesday 6:15pm – 7:15pm
Pilates - Every Thursday 9.15am - 10am
Mums, Bubs & Bellies drop in & chat - Every Friday 10am - 12pm
Youth Zone - Last Saturday of the month – 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Wine and Dine - Once a month on a Thursday evening
Holsworthy Family Group: Building G229, Soldiers Way, Holsworthy Barracks | Liverpool Military Area
Mail: P.O. Box 6064 Hammondville NSW 2170
More information: Phone: 0497 700 155 | email@example.com| Facebook: HolsworthyFamilyGroup | Holsworthy Family website
Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. Lifeline is committed to empowering Australians to be suicide-safe through connection, compassion and hope.
More information: 13 11 14 – 24/7 support
More information:Liverpool Women's Health Centre
Liverpool Women's Resource Centre is committed to supporting women who are marginalised and disadvantaged. Women are supported to build capacity and decrease social isolation. Liverpool Women's Resource Centre is committted to empowering and supporting individuals and communities to identify and articulate their needs, opportunities, rights and responsibilities
Join the mailing list: email firstname.lastname@example.org
More information: Visit the LWRC website or phone (02) 9607 7536
Macarthur Disability Services assists people with a disability to access information, advocates and lobbies to ensure they receive appropriate services after careful consultation and recognition of their needs.
Where: Ground Floor, 138 Queen Street Campbelltown NSW
More information: 02 4621 8400
At The Junction Works, their Mission is ‘Creating New Possibilities in People’s Lives’. They generate more opportunities for people with a disability, and to improve the lives of people suffering hardship and disadvantage.
More information: 08 8777 0500 | Junction Works website
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.
The following resources and websites can give you a good grounding in local information and services available.
You can also talk to your Unit Welfare Officer for more information.