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Community groups & centres
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 t 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, Canberra is a choir for women who support Military personnel in the Canberra region. As a no audition, no experience necessary group, they welcome new members. Despite their name bearing the word wives, they welcome any woman who has close links to serving ADF members. Perhaps you're a female ADF member or a close family member - a partner, wife, sister or mother.
Where: Duntroon Chapel
When: First and Third Thursday evening each month from 7pm
More information: firstname.lastname@example.org | Facebook page | www.amwchoir.com
The Defence Special Needs Support Group provides support, information and assistance to Defence families across Australia. The Canberra coordinator is Claire MacFarlane-Rowles.
Duntroon Community Centre, Gymkhana Road, RMC Duntroon, ACT
Opened originally in 1981, the Duntroon Community Centre (DCC) has always offered Defence families a place to go for companionship and support. Moving to their current location in July 2003, the DCC is a fabulous facility (located on the grounds of RMC Duntroon) which offers a diverse array of programs and activities, available to both military (all services) and civilian families.
Examples of DCC groups and activities include:
More information: Visit www.duntrooncommunitycentre.org.au for details on how to become an annual member and to find out more abut what the centre has to offer.
The playgroup has a different craft activity for the kids every week, lots of indoor and outdoor toys, a cubby house, a video, DVD and book library to borrow from, and a delicious morning tea for the mums and dads. BYO morning tea for the kids. If your children are 0-5 years old bring them along to meet some new friends.
Activities are held throughout the year including visits to Kidcity, Questacon, and CSIRO, visits from Action Buses, Fire and Police representatives and, of course, the Christmas party!
The Playgroup is run by an enthusiastic Committee who are happy to accept contributions from our members. Membership to the ACT Playgroups Association is mandatory and costs $35 per annum. GDFP charge $4 per family per week that goes towards the ongoing costs of the Playgroup (tea and coffee facilities etc.)
Where: Nicholls Community Centre (next to Gold Creek Primary School), Kelleway Avenue, Nicholls, ACT
When: Every Thursday 9.30 am—11.30 am
Welcome: Parents and children
More information: President/Coordinator 0484 936 185 | email@example.com
Solid Rock Ministries is a group that provides support and encouragement for Christian Defence spouses and serving members, but all are welcome. They meet every Monday morning during school terms and also meet for other events, such as dinners, and host an annual retreat.
When:Monday mornings, 10:00-11:30am
Where: RMC Chapel, on Miles Road. There is a meeting room at the back of the chapel - you can find it easily from the car park, and there is usually a sign put out to help you find the room.
Further info: If you would like to make contact first, or have any questions, please email Julianne McMaster at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their Facebook page 'Solid Rock Defence'.
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. Eligible members of the veteran and ex-serving community and their families, who are experiencing service-related mental health and wellbeing conditions, can seek help from the VVCS.
The following resources and websites can give you a good grounding in local information and services available.
Department of Defence offices are scattered throughout Canberra including Russell, Campbell Park, Brindabella Park and Deakin.