Including Nowra, Jervis Bay and Wollongong
Community groups & centres
The Shoalhaven Defence Families Association is a volunteer group made up of predominantly Defence partners. They conduct regular activities at their neighbourhood house, 'Kookaburra Retreat', four days per week during NSW school terms. These activities include a Playgroup, an exercise group ("TTT - Trim, Taut&Terrific"), sewing group, craft group and a book club.
They also hold regular community education courses according to member interests. In the past these have included First Aid, mechanics courses, homeopathy, cooking classes and specific crafts. The SDFA is also responsible for the production of the local quarterly Defence community newsletter, ‘Time Out’.
Where: Kookaburra Retreat, Flat 1&2, Canberra Drive, Nowra Hill (across from the HMASAlbatross main gate)
More information: Contact Rachel on 02 4421 5766 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The preschool still has vacancies available for 2014.
More information: email email@example.com or call 4421 4034
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.
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 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.