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For ADF members and their families

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Sydney

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Sydney

Anklebiters Playgroup

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.
Where: Randwick Barracks
When: Tuesday mornings, 9.30 am-11.30 am
More information: anklebitersplaygroup@hotmail.com | 0459 176 212

Australian Military Wives Choir- Sydney City and Sydney South

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

More information: amwc.sydney.city@gmail.com | amwc.sydney.south@gmail.com for rehearsal locations. Alternatively, check out our Facebook page and website www.amwchoir.com.

Beyond Blue

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

Defence Families Central Coast

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

Defence Special Needs Support Group

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 - Health and wellbeing for children aged 7 to 13

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

Sydney Day Nursery SDN Children's Services

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

Kissingpoint Cottage is a tri-service community house in the Sydney district of Ermington/Dundas. Our aim is to support military partners and their children 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 12.00pm

Bumps & Bubs: $3 per family. 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.

Wednesday 10am to 12 noon

Playgroup (0-5yrs): Casual membership - $4 per family.  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 (every 2nd and 4th Thursday) 10am to 12 noon

Story Time (0-5yrs): Casual membership - $4 per family. Bring your child along for a quiet morning of stories & craft. Please contribute a piece of fruit for morning tea.  

Friday 10am to 12.30pm

Adult Craft Group & Kids Crèche: Casual membership - $6 for craft; $12 for Crèche per family. 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 |  kissingpointcottage@gmail.com | Kissingpoint Cottage Facebook page or feel free to simply drop in.

Lifeline

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

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service

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. 

Regional info

Getting started

The following resources and websites can give you a good grounding in local information and services available.

Defence postings in the Sydney area

  • http://www.navy.gov.au/establishments
  • You can also talk to your Unit Welfare Officer for more information.