To find out about events for ADF families in Richmond, visit our Eventbrite page. You'll be able to RSVP, add events to your calendar and share with friends.
The Air Force Association publishes the Welcome to Richmond handbook, which is available on their website.
To receive updates from the team at DCO Richmond about upcoming programs, events and our monthly newsletter please register by emailing DCO.Richmond@defence.gov.au to request the mailing list registration form.
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 to 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 is a choir for women who support military personnel. 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?
The Defence Richmond Family Centre is a local community centre that strives on supporting and uplifting the spouses, families and serving members of the ADF at RAAF Base Richmond.
They host activities that cater to a whole range of members and families like playgroup, book club, Family BBQs, Ladies night in/out, picnic coffee catch-ups, training programs and workshops.
Where: 13 McNamara Avenue, RAAF Base Richmond
When: Wed 12.30pm-2.30pm and Friday 10.00am-12.00pm
More info: FB group @DRFC or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 info: DSNSG Richmond
Monthly social gatherings held at various locations. We invite single ADF members, members who are MWDU, Defence empty nesters and Defence families who have no children to join us.
Meet at various locations at Rouse Hill town Centre for a catch-up with a coffee an evening out or a movie.
More info: Contact Michelle 0422 954 340
Kissingpoint Cottage is a tri-service community house in the Sydney district of Ermington/Dundas. They support military partners and their children in a fun and friendly environment where everyone understands the unique lifestyle and challenges faced by Defence families.
If you are new to the area or would simply like to make some new friends, the centre is open Tuesday-Friday, so drop in or come along and try some of their weekly sessions. They'd love to meet you!
Tuesday: Fitness 10am—11am
$5.00 per person.
A one hour group fitness session run by a qualified trainer. Covering a range of exercise styles and for all levels. Children welcome, supervision is provided while they play.
Mumps and Bubs 10am—12pm
A parent’s group style session for parents with babies or who are expecting. Come along and meet other parents. Older siblings are welcome.
Wednesday: Playgroup 10am to 12pm
$3 donation and a piece of fruit
A facilitated playgroup for all ages. Children can participate in art, craft, sensory, indoor and outdoor play, as well as enjoy stories, songs and lots of fun!
Thursday: Occasional Care (fortnightly) 10am to 2pm
$20.00 per child
A fortnightly service offered for children 6 months to 5 years old. Children are cared for by two experienced childcare workers.
After School Club 3.30pm to 5.30pm
$3.00 donation and something to share for afternoon tea
A session for school aged children to build support networks and friendships.
Friday: Craft and Chat 10am to 12.30pm
$8.00 BYO Craft $3.00 donation to crèche $12.00 per family
If you would like 2.5 hours to relax and chat with other Defence partners while the kids are being looked after in a room nearby, then this group's for you.
Participate in our planned craft such as candle making, weaving or making a bath bomb, or bring along your own craft project, or simply sit and chat. Children are cared for by two experienced child minders.
Monthly Book Club: Our first meeting is on 27 June at 7:30pm.
When: Thursday morning fortnightly
Where: The Little House of Coffee at the Flower Power Garden Centre, Orchard Hills
Contact: Indah 0400 774 876 Facebook: Penrith Defence Spouse Group
Provide a range of community services for residents in the Hawkesbury. They offer leisure and educational programs, family and early childhood support services, community transport, activities and events for seniors.
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.
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.