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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Anklebiters invite you to join them! Children of all ages are welcome.This friendly Defence playgroup is very well equipped, and has a shaded outdoor area. We are here to offer support within a safe and friendly environment.
Where: Randwick Barracks
When: Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 9.30 am-11.30 am
More information: email@example.com | Mel 0449163904 or Rachel 0447004868
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
The Australian Military Wives Choir is a choir for women who support Defence Force members in Sydney. As a no audition, no experience necessary choir, they welcome new members at any time during the year. Despite the word wives in their name, they welcome any woman who has close links to serving ADF members such as girlfriends, partners, wives, mothers and sisters. They also welcome female ADF members. Currently there are two rehearsal locations. The South Sydney choir meets in the Holsworthy Barracks. The Sydney City choir meets in a central location for families in the north and east of the city.
When: First and Third and Fifth Thursday evenings each month from 7pm
Beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.
More information: 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 activities.
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 Sydney
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 https://go4fun.com.au/where/south-western-sydney
SDN Children’s Services, together with Soldiers’ Settlement Public School, and the Working from the Ground Up project, will be operating a supported playgroup for young children and their families.
Where: 29-39 Menin Road, Matraville
When: Friday mornings (during School terms), 10.00am – 12.00pm
More information: SDN Children Services
Kissingpoint Cottage is a defence community house in the Sydney district of Ermington/Dundas. We support defence members and their families in a fun and friendly environment where everyone understands the unique lifestyle and challenges faced by Defence families.
If you are new to the area or would simply like to make some new friends, come along and try some of our weekly sessions. We would love to meet you!
Tuesday 10.00am to 11.00am
Fitness: Group fitness session for all abilities run by a qualified trainer.
Wednesday 10am to 12 noon
Playgroup (0-5yrs): A great opportunity for your child to participate in a session of craft, activities & free-play, while you socialise with other mums. Please bring a piece of fruit, drink bottle and hat for your child.
Thursday 10.30am to 12.30pm
Bumps & Bubs: A Mother’s Group type session for anyone with a baby or who is currently pregnant. Come along and meet other Defence parents. Older siblings are also welcome.
Thursday 3.30 pm to 5.30pm
After School Club: A session for school aged children to connect with other school aged children and build support networks whilst they play and create!
Friday 10am to 12.30pm
Adult Craft Group & Kids Crèche: Come along to our Friday craft group - bring your own project, participate in a pre-planned craft activity or simply have a cuppa & a chat. Your children will be cared for on-site by our very experienced babysitter.
Where: The house, just behind Timor Barracks, 282 Kissing Point Road, Dundas NSW
More information: call 02 9874 4052 | firstname.lastname@example.org | Kissingpoint Cottage Facebook page or feel free to simply drop in.
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.
Phone: 13 11 14 – 24/7 support
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.