Defence Family Matters : September 2015
DFMSeptember2015 9 QLD | GECKOS @ LAVARACK Geckos at Lavarack is a self-funded support centre located on Lavarack Barracks in Townsville. The centre hosts a number of formal and informal activities such as playgroups, war-gaming, and training programs. Facilities include an internet cafe, tennis court, children’s playground, outdoor patio area and air- conditioned spaces. Geckos is open to all serving members and Defence families (close or extended). Monday—Friday 9 am to 4 pm 07 4411 7031 HQ3BDE.email@example.com NSW | WILLIAMTOWN CRAFT GROUP We meet each week to catch up and try out different crafts. Our activities have included traditional crafts such as knitting and card making and we’ve also tried things like origami and quilling. We welcome new members—the group is a great way to meet new people and make community connections. We’re a friendly group and support each other—particularly when people are experiencing deployment. If you’d like to try it out, the first two visits are free and after that it’s just $5 per session. We also have free childcare for the two hours. Wednesdays 10 am to 12 pm Defence Family Room RAAF Base Williamtown 0434 851 594 firstname.lastname@example.org NT | PLAYGROUP NT Defence families are encouraged to attend local community playgroups as well as (Defence) Neighbourhood House playgroups. Playgroup NT also has a play space in Marrara with an area for the PlayGym program which runs on Monday mornings. We run playgroups for families dealing with post-natal depression and anxiety and families with children with autism. Get in contact with us if you’d like to find out more about playgroups in your area. 1800 171 882 email@example.com www.playgroupnt.com.au WA | MARILLA HOUSE We offer families and individuals fun activities throughout the week. There’s a Mums and Bubs social group on Mondays and a MyTime group for parents and carers of children with a disability or chronic medical condition on Tuesdays. We hold playgroup on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. We also run regular ladies social evenings at the house and school holiday activities. Membership is free for Defence families and playgroups are $4 per session. 26 Dargin Way Rockingham 08 9527 9850 firstname.lastname@example.org QLD | LITTLE DIGGERS COMMUNITY CENTRE Located in Cairns, our group welcomes both Defence and non-Defence families from all over the city—making it a great place to meet other locals and meet new friends. We have playgroup three mornings each week and a Bellies and Bubs group on Thursday mornings. We also run workshops, courses and other activities. “Like” our Facebook page to keep up to date. Playgroup Tuesday 9 am to 10.30 am, Thursday 11 am to 12.30 pm Friday 9 am to 10.30 am and 11 am to 12.30 pm 0498 505 494 email@example.com www.facebook.com/DCRC.Cairns Clockwise from left: Niamh enjoys the outdoor play area at Marilla House. Ev, Susan and Leanne from Playgroup NT celebrate Mothers’ Day. Mckenzie checks out the toys at Marilla House. A family fun day is held in the Playgroup NT garden. Dawn Plant (back left), with Maryke Lee and Anita Payne from the Williamtown Craft Group and their children. Photo by Corporal Mark Friend. Marilla House photos by Leading Seaman Lee-Anne Mack. All photos used with permission.