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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Coffee & Chat Every Monday 10am via Zoom (password protected, please make contact to join).
Playgroup Every Tuesday we will post a slideshow of all the great pictures from kids and their craft they did during the week prior.
Trivia every Wednesday 11am join us for Trivia via Houseparty.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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
Liverpool Military Area
Mail: P.O. Box 6064
Hammondville NSW 2170
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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.
Open Arms continues to provide 24/7 counselling and support services to Australia's military community during COVID-19. 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.