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Defence Community Organisation

For ADF members and their families

1800 624 608

Liverpool

Events

To find out about events for ADF families in Liverpool, visit our Eventbrite page. You'll be able to RSVP, add events to your calendar and share with friends.

COVID-19 Resources

With the internet and social media flooded with a range of COVID-19 information and advice, it’s important to make sure the information you’re seeking comes from an official source. To help you, we’ve put together a list of official websites where families can get up-to-date information about a range of COVID issues like travel restrictions and border closures, non-essential travel and fines, testing locations, school arrangements, jobs and business information.

  • NSW Government - https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/covid-19
  • COVID-19 hotline is an operational 24/7 for non-health related advice or support. Call 13 77 88.
  • Facebook
  • Download the free Service NSW app to receive regular updates.

If you are looking for national information and contacts about COVID-19, see the Coronavirus tab on our Emergency and Crisis webpage.

We have also developed a Coronavirus Advice webpage which has a range of information and resources about wellbeing, tips to manage in isolation, how to support kids, maintaining healthy relationships and information about reunion leave arrangements.

For more mental health and wellbeing information and resources see our Health and Wellbeing webpage.

Information about Defence’s involvement in the whole-of-government response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including live blog updates can be found at the Defence response to COVID-19.

We’ve also put together some other educational resources that may help families with children during COVID-19 restrictions.

Community groups & centres

Liverpool

Community group facilities are currently closed due to the COVID-19 restrictions, but you can still get involved with their online activities and virtual catch-ups. If you want to get in touch with a community group in your area, follow them on Facebook to keep up-to-date.

Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation

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

Online: Kookaburra Kids website | Facebook

Beyondblue

Beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

Phone: 1300 22 4636 24/7 support

Online: Beyond Blue website | Faceboook | Instagram

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. Visit them on Facebook to see what online activities they have planned.

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 information: DSNSG Liverpool | Facebook

Flowerdale Cottage

The cottage, run by non-profit organisation Flourish Australia offers structured activities that aim to improve the wellbeing of consumers and increase their independence. They run groups on healthy living, art therapy, relaxation, yoga, gym, trivia and games as well as weekly outings to places like the beach and national parks.

More information: 02 9393 9152 or 1300 779 270 | Flowerdale Cottage website | Facebook

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 in south western Sydney 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. For more information about their online activities call or visit their website or Facebook page.

More information: Call 1800 780 900 | Go4Fun website | Facebook

Holsworthy Community Group

Holsworthy Community Group is a Tri-Service Community House established to support our Defence Community posted to the Holsworthy / Liverpool posting location. They work hard to offer our Defence Community a variety of regular programs, events and courses. They are there for all of their Community and are open to constructive suggestions to meet those needs.

COVID-19 Update

Due to COVID-19 restrictions they are still operational, but have, ceased all face to face programs and events. They are providing weekly craft packs, book swap and online programs. Our online programs do not run during school holidays. Visit them on Facebook to find out their online activities so you can join in from home.

Weekly activities/programs

Monday

Coffee & Chat Every Monday 10am via Zoom (password protected, please make contact to join).

Tuesday

Playgroup Every Tuesday we will post a slideshow of all the great pictures from kids and their craft they did during the week prior.

Wednesday

Trivia every Wednesday 11am join us for Trivia via Houseparty.

Thursday

Cards Against Humanity 4pm Join us on http://playingcards.io/e6fgj (this link may be updated on the day. Participants should check our Facebook or email coordinator@holsworthycommunitygroup.com.au when it's time to jump on and just click the link).

Friday or Saturday

Netflix Watch Times will change between 6pm and 7pm, depending on the group.

We are available any day of the week for a chat and please do not hesitate to call, email, Facebook message or text Mellissa on 0497700155, Holsworthy Coordinator or coordinator@holsworthycommunitygroup.com.au if you would like to meet prior to coming along or to meet at the entrance of an activity and walk in with someone.

Holsworthy Community Group
Building G229, Soldiers Way
Holsworthy Barracks
Liverpool Military Area

Mail: P.O. Box 6064
Hammondville NSW 2170

More information: 0497 700 155 | coordinator@holsworthycommunitygroup.com.au| Facebook | http://www.holsworthycommunitygroup.com.au/

3Bridges Community

As community leaders, 3Bridges Community create opportunities for personal growth and assistance with day-to-day life. They run a number of programs focused on education and training, support and personal development, or social activities. Their services are for all people of all ages including children and families, youth, adults and more senior members of the community. 3Bridges looks after the Carss Park Community Centre, Penhurst Community Centre, Arncliffe Community Centre, and the Menai Community Centre. To find out more about their online activities, visit their website or follow them on Facebook.

More information: call 1300 327 434 | email: admin@3bridges.org.au | https://3bridges.org.au/ | Facebook

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.

More information: 13 11 14 – 24/7 support | https://www.lifeline.org.au | Facebook

Liverpool Women's Health Centre

Liverpool Women’s Health Centre, located at 26 Bathurst Street, Liverpool, offers a broad range of primary and preventative health care services and programs to improve women’s health and wellbeing. Their services are provided by professional, qualified and experienced practitioners for free, or at a low cost. Services provided include, medical and nursing, naturopathy, acupuncture, massage therapy, counselling, Aboriginal and CALD specialist services. The Centre also provides health education, events, programs, group activities and legal advice clinics. During COVID-19 restrictions they have temporarily changed the way they work, but you can still access many of their services over the phone.

More information: 02 9601 3555 | https://liverpoolwomenshealth.org.au/ | Facebook

Liverpool Women's Resource Centre

LWRC has been established since 1984. We are an active, busy Centre that provide support, group programs, projects, drop in counselling and telephone support to a wide range of women throughout the 2168 and wider Liverpool LGA.

LWRC run groups and programs for women including art, sewing and social support groups at the Centre. Currently all groups have free child minding and are low cost /no cost and run in school hours. Because we are a women’s centre and because our child minding is on premises, our groups are consistently accessed by disadvantaged women and women from CALD backgrounds. LWRC groups are culturally diverse and welcoming. LWRC also host an Arabic Speaking Women’s Support Group and the Sistas for Sistas Aboriginal Women’s Support Group, both of which are very well attended and proactive. The Centre also currently runs a Creative Kids after school program on a Wednesday.

Visit their website or follow them on social media to find out more about their online activities you can do from home.

23 Sheriff St, Ashcroft | Join their mailing list: email lwrc@bigpond.com

More information: http://www.lwrc.org.au/ | 02 9607 7536 | Facebook

Macarthur Disability Services

Macarthur Disability Services assists people with a disability to access information, advocates and lobbies to ensure they receive appropriate services after careful consultation and recognition of their needs.

Where: Ground Floor, 138 Queen Street Campbelltown NSW

More information: https://www.mdservices.com.au/ | 02 4621 8400 | Facebook | Instagram

Sutherland Shire Family Services

Sutherland Shire Family Services (SSFS) is an organisation dedicated and focussed to provide services that lead to safety and well-being for families in the Sutherland Shire and St.George areas. They bring together a range of services offered by dedicated professionals that help to create brighter futures for children and their families. They aim to support and strengthen the capacity of families within our community, particularly those who have been impacted by disadvantage, violence and trauma. Through providing these services, they contribute to the promotion and maintenance of safety and wellbeing among all family members. Our Head Office is located at Jannali in Sydney’s Southern Suburbs.

Sutherland Shire Family Services offer a dedicated Family Support Worker for Sutherland Shire & St.George based defence families, providing assistance to families facing difficult circumstances who could benefit from extra support.

The aim of the family worker is to strengthen a family's supportive and social networks, as well as enhancing the parent/ child relationship, impacted by defence specific circumstances.

More information: https://www.ssfs.org.au/defence 90 Soldiers Rd, Jannali, | Call 02 9528 2933 | visit https://www.ssfs.org.au/ | Facebook

The Junction Works

At The Junction Works, their Mission is ‘Creating New Possibilities in People’s Lives’. They generate more opportunities for people with a disability, and to improve the lives of people suffering hardship and disadvantage.

More information: 08 8777 0500 | http://www.thejunctionworks.org/default.aspx | Facebook | Instagram

Open Arms - Veterans and Families Counselling

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.

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 Liverpool area

  • The Liverpool Military Area

You can also talk to your Unit Welfare Officer for more information.

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Contacts

Liverpool
 02 8782 8526
 Building G229, Soldiers Way HOLSWORTHY BARRACKS, Liverpool NSW 2173

Defence Family Helpline | 1800 624 608