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25 August - Pre-posting brief

Are you posted in 2016/2017, do you have questions about housing and relocations?

Hosted by Defence Relocation and Housing Managers, Defence Community Organisation and DCO SA with support from Toll Transitions and Defence Housing Australia.

The seminars will provide ADF members and Defence families information, advice and tips on their relocation and/or housing needs. This session is open to all members and their families thinking of relocating.

Where: Woodside Barracks (in the gym)
When: Thursday 25 August from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
More info: Download flyer

5 September - Pre-posting brief

Are you posted in 2016/2017, do you have questions about housing and relocations?

Hosted by Defence Relocation and Housing Managers, Defence Community Organisation and DCO SA with support from Toll Transitions and Defence Housing Australia.

The seminars will provide ADF members and their families information, advice and tips on their relocation and/or housing needs. This session is open to all members and their families thinking of relocating.

Where: Osborne ASC - Air Warfare Destroyer Project, 620 Mersey Road North, Osborne
When: Monday 5 September from 2.30pm
More info: Download flyer

6 September - Pre-posting brief

Are you posted in 2016/2017, do you have questions about housing and relocations?

Hosted by Defence Relocation and Housing Managers, Defence Community Organisation and DCO SA with support from Toll Transitions and Defence Housing Australia.

The seminars will provide ADF members and their families information, advice and tips on their relocation and/or housing needs. This session is open to all members and their families thinking of relocating.

Where: RAAF Base Edinburgh
When: Tuesday 6 September from 2.30pm or 6.30pm
More info: Download flyer

27 August - Pack a Parcel

Do you have a loved one deployed or on Operation? Come along and prepare a care package and meet other Defence families dealing with an absent loved one.

DCO SA will provide post boxes, craft supplies and you can have a photo taken to include in your care package. Bring along any gifts or mementos you would like to include in your package.
Where: Edinburgh Community Centre
When: Saturday 27 August from 10 am to 12.00pm
RSVP: by 24 August to kate.crawford@defence.gov.au
More info: Download flyer

Community Groups and Centres

ADELAIDE

Australian Military Wives Choir

The Australian Military Wives Choir is looking for women in the Defence community to lead a group of women's voices. The AMWC has enjoyed rapid growth and significant community support since it began in 2012 and is eager to expand throughout Australia. The Choir recently received funding from DCO, and a significant proportion of the grant was to aid in setting up new groups in regions across the country, including Adelaide.
More information: Australian Military Wives Choir website
Contact: send an email to the AMWC

North East Defence Community Inc. (NEDC)

The North East Defence Community Inc. (NEDC) is a tri-service group based at RAAF Base Edinburgh – we organise events and activities to help Defence families & couples develop a support network.  It’s all about making new friends and enjoying Defence life in Adelaide.
Where: RAAF Base Edinburgh
Our regular sessions include:
PLAYGROUP
For ages 0-5. There are plenty of toys, role play equipment, educational activities, playpen area, nursery items and a great outdoor play area with playground & sand pit.
When: Wednesday and Friday, 9.30 am–12 noon during school term
FAMILY DAYS
Held every two months on Saturday or Sunday. Involves a BBQ at the Community Centre or a day trip somewhere fun in Adelaide.
LADIES NIGHTS
Movies and dinner, happy hour drinks, theatre evenings, cooking classes, etc.
When: One Friday evening every two months.
SPOUSE SUPPORT SESSIONS
Presentation on topics relating to Defence family life such as coping with deployments, parenting and first aid training.
When: Every fourth Thursday of the month, alternating between daytime and evening.
C3 GROUP – CRAFT, COFFEE AND CHAT
No crafting experience necessary – learn something fun or a new skill, or just have a good natter.
When: Every third Thursday of the month
COFFEE MORNINGS
Visiting different play-cafés around Adelaide.
When: Every second Thursday of the month, 10 am–1 pm
In addition, the centre offers various school holiday activities, family camping weekends, crèche days, a library and equipment for hire.
More information: nedc.edinburgh@rocketmail.com or call Lizz on 0435 047 437 . The NEDC also has a Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/nedcfamily

WOODSIDE

Woodside Defence Families Association (WDFA)

The Woodside Defence Families Association provides support to Defence families in many ways, offering a variety of activities, events, information and support. Our association welcomes new and current unit members and their families to the Adelaide Hills area.

We work closely with the Unit, RHQ and the Padre to provide information and support for everyone. We encourage partners and families to be part of the association by visiting our Playgroup and Community Centre buildings or following us on Facebook.

Activities and events include:

Morning Tea and Playgroup

Each Monday and Wednesday [except public holidays or Christmas time] from 9.30 onwards, usually concluding at lunchtime. Opportunity to socialise with members and for children to participate in craft and play activities. There are loads of toys, books, play equipment and puzzles.

We have a different craft activity for the children each week. We have a wonderful undercover playground area and a range of outdoor toys. There is a cubby house and sports equipment as well. There is a verandah with comfortable furniture and BBQ facilities.  Children of all ages are welcome and we have facilities for even the little ones, including high chairs, bouncers and a cosy baby space.

Monthly Social Events

We organise a range a range of events to suit everyone. See our Facebook page for what is coming up. These include family BBQs, lunches at local places of interest, movie nights, excursions to children friendly venues, sporting and fitness activities, local community volunteer work, craft group, book club, information sessions.

Special Occasion Events

Easter, Anzac Day and Christmas are celebrated with special events by the WDFA.

Where: Buildings 125/126 Woodside Army Barracks
More information: Call the WDFA on 0467 805 707 or DCO SA on 08 8305 6231. You can also email wdfa10@gmail.com, visit www.woodsidedefencefamilies.com.au or look us up on Facebook.

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. 

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Regional Information

For personalised advice about your local area, call the all-hours Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608.

Getting started

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

ADELAIDE


PORT WAKEFIELD


WOODSIDE

Defence postings in Adelaide and surrounds

DCO Office Adelaide

Phone: 08 8305 6231 (Note: this is NOT a contact number for Keswick Barracks and staff are unable to transfer your call. Please call 1300 333 362 if you wish to contact Keswick Barracks.
Fax: 08 8305 6122
Email: DCO.SouthAustralia@defence.gov.au
Location: Building 60, Keswick Barracks, Keswick SA 5035
Signal address: DEFCOMMUNITYORG ADELAIDE

Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608.

Schools and education

For information about the local school and education systems, click on the Local education tab in our Support for children's education section.

You can find which local schools have Defence Transition Aides or Mentors in place by clicking on the Aides and Mentors tab in the Support for children’s education section.

Childcare

Find your nearest Defence childcare centre by clicking on the Defence childcare centres tab in Contact us.

Alternatively, you can search for different childcare options in your local area at mychild.gov.au or call the government-run Childcare Access Hotline on 1800 670 305.

Visit www.playgroupaustralia.com.au to find local playgroups.

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PO Box 7921
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