Beyond Abilities: Super Abilities Social Club – various locations across Sydney
The SAS Club run by Beyond Abilities is designed for young people with disability who are high functioning or mostly independent. If you or someone you know loves to laugh, chat and have fun all at the same time, check out these social clubs!read more
FREE Moonlight Movies – Wollongong and surrounding areas
Check out the free outdoor movies for families showing in Wollongong, Corrimal, Figtree and Thirroul, hosted by the Wollongong City Council.
Gates open at 6pm with the film screening kicking off at 7.30pm. Scouts Sausage Sizzle, ice cream and drinks will be available for purchase. Headphones and/or hearing loops are available for use.
For movie dates and to book, visit the Council website.read more
FREE Nabu Aboriginal Family Support Outreach – Campbelltown
Macarthur Family and Youth Services has a number of outreach programs that have kicked off again for 2019! These programs are all free with Aboriginal representatives, and include:
- Solicitor advice
- Ombudsman advice
- NDIS and Local Area Coordinator advice
These take place at 16 King Street, Campbelltown NSW 2560
For more information, check out the attached flyer or call Kerin on (02) 4620 4667.read more
FREE Art Drop-In Program – Carlton
Wonder what a career in the creative industries is like?
Want to meet inspiring artists?
Art Park is a free program that is open to creative young people aged 15 to 25 living or going to school in the Sutherland Shire, Georges River or Bayside areas who are not enrolled in tertiary education.
When: Tuesdays during the school term, 3.30pm to 6.30pm starting Tuesday 19 February 2019
Where: 88 Carlton Parade, Carlton NSW 2218
For more information and to register, visit the Shopfront website.read more
FREE Storytelling and Creative Writing Course – Burwood
Burwood Community Welfare Services Inc (BCWS) is running a free introductory storytelling and creative writing course for young carers aged 18 to 24 years, supported by TAFE NSW.
An information session is being held on Wednesday 27 February 2019, 5-6pm. Register now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call (02) 9744 1866.
The course will run for 8 weeks:
When: Every Wednesday, 6 March 2019 to 24 April 2019, 5-7pm
Where: BCWS, 2 Wyatt Avenue, Burwood NSW 2134
For more information, please see the attached flyer or call the team at BCWS.read more
Community Junction Inc. Term 1 Newsletter – Colyton, St Clair, Erskine Park, North St Marys and Werrington
Check out the Term 1 Newsletter for Community Junction Inc. to find out more about what’s happening in your area. Page 5, 6, 7 and 8 list regular groups and activities happening in each of the centres, including timetable information for the Youth Spaces!
For more information, call your local Community Junction centre:
Colyton (currently under renovation): (02) 9834 3006
St Clair: (02) 9834 2708
Erskine Park: (02) 9834 3006
North St Marys: (02) 9673 3908
Werrington: (02) 9673 6133read more
Macarthur Disability Services Carer Support Groups – Campbelltown and Mittagong
Macarthur Disability Services is offering a number of support groups for carers in February and March 2019. Check out the details and the event flyers by clicking the links below:
Starting 10am Tuesday 12 February 2019 and running the second week of every month in Mittagong
Starting 10am Thursday 14 March 2019 and running the second week of every month in Campbelltown
Running the first Thursday of each month from 10am in Campbelltown
Running Thursday 14 February 2019, Thursday 21 February 2019, Thursday 28 February 2019 and Thursday 7 March 2019 in Campbelltown
If you have any questions about any of these groups, please call Debbie Graham on (02) 4621 8400.read more
Carers NSW Counselling Groups
Carers NSW has scheduled a number of counselling groups for carers in early 2019 through the National Carer Counselling Program. Check out the details and the event flyers by clicking the links below:
Starting 10.30am Tuesday 12 February 2019 and running for 6 weeks over the phone
Starting 1.30pm Tuesday 12 February 2019 and running for 8 weeks in Sawtell NSW
Starting 2.30pm Thursday 14 February 2019 and running for 6 weeks over the phone
Starting 10am Monday 18 February 2019 and running for 6 weeks over the phone
Starting 10am Wednesday 20 February 2019 and running for 6 weeks over the phone
Starting 2pm Monday 4 March 2019 and running for 6 weeks in Tweed Heads NSW
Starting 10am Thursday 4 April 2019 and running for 6 weeks over the phone
If you have any questions about any of these groups, please call the Carer Line on 1800 242 636.
Penrose Park Picnic Train – Broken Hill
Check out these family fun days, for young and old!
When: Sunday 16 December 2018, Sunday 17 February 2019, Sunday 17 March 2019, Sunday 21 April 2019, Sunday 19 May 2019 – 10am to 1pm
Where: Kintore Reserve, corner Blende and Bromide Streets, Broken Hill NSW 2880
All rides are a gold coin donation. BBQ, cakes and drinks will be for sale.
For more information, please call (08) 8087 8226.
‘Surf’s Up’ Exhibition – Coffs Harbour
Get along to the Bunker Cartoon Gallery to see a great collection of surfing-related cartoons and art displays on loan from local artists. There will also be children’s activities available.
When: Friday 7 December 2018 to Sunday 3 February 2019, open 10am to 4pm
Where: 1 John Champion Way, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450 (off Hogbin Drive at Racecourse Roundabout)
For more information, please visit the Gallery website.read more
FREE Fitness classes – Central Coast, Central West, Hawkesbury, Hunter Valley, Lake Macquarie, Riverina, Sydney, Nepean and Wollongong
STEAM the Museum – Wagga Wagga
Head along to the Museum of the Riverina to see this awesome exhibition, created in partnership with Sturt Public School.
The exhibition is running from Saturday 8 December 2018 to Sunday 17 February 2019 at the Historic Council Chambers (243 Baylis Street, Wagga Wagga).
For more information, visit the Museum website.
FREE ‘Wellbeing in Nature’ Program – Auburn
This program, run by the Cumberland Council, FACs and Green Gym, is an opportunity for young carers 15 years or older to immerse themselves in nature and connect with other young carers.read more
FREE Social group for LGBTIQ+ youth – St George and Sutherland area
Glisten is a social group and safe space for same-sex attracted and gender diverse young people under 25 years old. Friends, partners and allies are welcome.
When: First and third Monday of every month, 4pm to 6pm (excluding public holidays)
Where: Groups are held in both the St George and Sutherland arearead more
FREE Yarn n Learn Group – Woodbine
The Nabu Team at the Macarthur Family and Youth Services is running a weekly Yarn n Learn group for you to meet others in the community and learn about a different topic at each group.
When: Thursdays 10am to 12pm
Where: Woodbine Neighbourhood Centre, 83A North Steyne Road, Woodbine NSW 2560
For more information, check out the attached flyer. Morning tea is provided and transport is available. If you need assistance with childcare, please call (02) 4620 4667 and ask to speak with someone from the Nabu Team.read more
Yarn Up Sessions – Campbelltown
Ability Options Campbelltown are running weekly ‘Yarn Up’ sessions, for anyone who would like some support with skills including applying for jobs, updating a resume and getting interview tips.
Come have a yarn with one of the Ability Options team today!
When: Every Wednesday, 10.00am-2.00pm
Where: Ability Options, Level 2, 101 Queen Street Campbelltown NSW 2560
Check out the attached flyer for more information or call 1300 422 454.read more
FREE Illawarra Women’s Health Centre events – Warilla
The Illawarra Women’s Health Centre run some amazing free or low-cost events for local women. You can attend workshops to learn everyday repairing skills with other women, participate in meditation classes, join women’s and carers’ support groups and more!
Check out the upcoming activities flyer or call the Centre on (02) 4255 6800.read more
The Wiggles Exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum
Check out the revamped Wiggles Exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo for fun facts and activities on the current Wiggles line-up (Anthony, Emma, Lachy and Simon) and to learn more about the rise of the group.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm
Where: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2007
The exhibition is free with museum admission. For museum ticket prices, visit maas.museum/powerhouse-museum.
Family Fun at the Sydney Observatory
The Sydney Observatory has some great family-friendly activities for kids and big kids alike, including Australia’s oldest working telescope and opportunities to learn more about the planets and galaxies in the universe.
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 10am-5pm
Where: 1003 Upper Fort Street, Millers Point NSW 2000
The Sydney Observatory is free to visit. If you would like to participate in a tour, check out their website for fees and times.read more
FREE headspace Youth Groups – Orange
headspace Orange has an awesome schedule of youth support and social groups throughout the school term for young people aged 12-25 years, including a study group on Monday afternoons, a gaming group on Tuesday evenings and Kaleidoscope, an LGBTQI social group that meets fortnightly on Wednesday afternoons.read more
FREE 8-week surf therapy program – various locations
Check out the Waves of Wellness Foundation and their program, the WOW Surfing Experience. It is a free 8-week surfing therapy program where you can meet other young people in similar situations to you and learn how to manage your own wellness through surfing.
Active locations include Bondi Beach (Eastern Sydney), Nobbys Beach (Newcastle), Caves Beach (Lake Macquarie) and Wanda Beach (Cronulla).
For more information, check out their website.read more
FREE AWOL Table Tennis Tournament – Gordon
Check out the AWOL Youth Hub in Gordon, run by the Ku-ring-gai Council, and join in on the table tennis tournament run every Friday night. Work your way up the leader board for your chance to win a prize!
Who: Young people in the Gordon area
Where: Old school building next to Gordon Library, 799 Pacific Highway, Gordon NSW 2072
When: Every Friday, 3.30pm-6.00pm.
For more information, please call 9424 0837 or email email@example.com more
Camp Breakaway Young Carers and Siblings Camps – San Remo
These camps are great respite for young carers and siblings of children with disabilities, rare disorders or high medical needs. They focus on providing fun and exciting experiences for children, building confidence and independence away from home and meeting, forming friendships with others and participating as a group in this positive and fun environment.
Who: Young carers aged 5 to 18 years (school aged)
When: These camps are held twice yearly, from 16-19 January 2018 and 17-20 July 2018
Where: Camp Breakaway, 80 Highview Ave, San Remo NSW 2262
For more information, please visit the Camp Breakaway website.read more
Bicycle Education and Road Safety Centre Open Days – Campbelltown
Reach workshops – Various Locations
Reach runs a variety of workshops for young people aged 10 to 18 years across NSW, some involving nights away while others run over the course of a few weeks. Hop onto their website for more information about types of events and the costs involved, and for more information be sure to email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All their workshops are 100% youth-led and are based out of Reach hubs in schools and communities across the state.read more
FREE WayAhead Anxiety Support Groups – Various Locations
October is Mental Health Month, and while WayAhead are committed to raising awareness and promoting positive connections during this time, they do run support groups all year around that are worth checking out. Their groups for those experiencing anxiety are running across the state for the rest of the year, with the next few held in Rutherford, Glebe, Springwood, Dapto, Marrickville, Wyoming… there are too many to name!
Hop onto their events calendar to find an event near you, and make sure you check out the other awesome supports that WayAhead have on offer.read more
Community Markets – Broken Hill
Head on over to the awesome markets once a month at Broken Hill. Get your hands on and enjoy local produce, coffee, jams, sauces, clothing, jewellery and more!
When: The second Saturday of every month – check the link below for upcoming dates!
Where: 200 Beryl Street, Broken Hill NSW 2880
For more info: Click hereread more
FREE Pelican Feeding – The Entrance
Pelican feeding is a very popular activity that occurs daily at The Entrance. As fun as it is for us, it also allows volunteer keepers the opportunity to check the pelicans and make sure they are not injured or hurt. A great afternoon for a good cause!
When: 3.30pm daily
Where: Memorial Park at The Entrance
For more info: Click hereread more
FREE Stargazing – Parkes
The Visitors Centre at The Parkes Observatory is giving you the opportunity to view “The Dish” and witness the amazing Milky Way in the evening sky!
When: 8.30 am to 4.15 pm every day except Christmas and Boxing Day
Where: The Visitors Centre, Newell Highway Parkes NSW 2870
For more info: Click hereread more
FREE Brunswick Heads Fairy Trail
Do you like experiencing the great outdoors? Feel like putting on your explorer hat?
Why not use your wonderful imagination to discover the many fairy houses that hold a positive message inside!
Where: There is a map available at The Visitors Centre at Brunswick Heads
For more info: Click hereread more
FREE Bushwalking – Lake Parramatta
Do you enjoy exploring? Do you have a passion for nature and the great outdoors? Why not take up bushwalking with family or friends at Lake Parramatta! No matter your experience level, there is a walking path for you. Don’t miss out!
When: Gates open at 6.30am and close at 5.30pm
Where: Main entrance from Lackey Street off Bourke Street, North Parramatta
More information: Click hereread more
Young Carer Social Group – South East Sydney CRCC
Do you feel like you need a bit of a break? Need support with school, or want to have fun?
The Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre (CRCC) run a great social group that can support you with your emotional wellbeing, education and connecting with others.
This is a great opportunity to meet new people and to have a great time!
Who: Young carers
More information: Contact Kimberly on 1800 917 139 or email email@example.com more
Hercules House Program – Chatswood
Hercules House in Chatswood is a friendly and positive environment in which those with a mental illness can engage in their choice of various facilities and support, or activities and groups that encourage socialisation, development of life skills, educational and supportive groups! The timetable changes each month, so click below to see what’s on!
Who: Anyone over 18 years
When: Click below to access the website and view the calendar!
Where: 51 Hercules Street, Chatswood
More information: Please call (02) 9199 6190 or click hereread more
Paid training for young people seeking employment – Rockdale
Looking for a job? Need job-skills training, assistance with obtaining licences, tutoring and support? The iWorx Program aims to help young people with little or no work experience to find and keep paid employment! This training is organised by Exodus Youth Worx!
When: Apply anytime!
Where: 2/440 West Botany Street, Rockdale
Cost: FREE!read more
Writing Club at Henty Library – Riverina Murray
Come to Henty Library and join in on the writing fun! This is a club that promotes literature, writing skills and creativity. Share your ideas and thoughts with fellow writers! You never know – your next idea might be a Pulitzer winning gem!
When: Every second Tuesday of the month, 2pm – 3pm
Where: Henty Library (30 Sladen Street, Henty)
For more info, call (02) 6929 3770 or click here!read more
Art Gallery in Tumut – Riverina Murray
Come on down to Tumut Library! The foyer of the library has been transformed into a gallery showcasing the wonderful talents of local artists. The display changes monthly. Contact the library if you wish to display your own pieces, or if you have any suggestions!
When: Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm
Where: Tumut Library (169 Wynyard Street, Tumut)
For more information, please contact (02) 6941 2541 or head on over to the library!
Activities for children and young people @ Wollongong City Libraries – Illawarra
Come join in on the fun at Wollongong Library, Thirroul Library, Warrawong Library, Corrimal Library, Unanderra Library, Dapto Library or Helensburgh Library – bring a mate or make some new friends at these cool activities!
When: Check the website for dates, times and available activities
Where: Various locations in the Illawarra region
For more information, visit the Wollongong City Libraries website or call your local library to enquire about these kids programs.read more
Riverwood Library Teen Book Club – South West Sydney
Do you have a passion for reading? Would you like to join like-minded teens to discuss your favourite books? Then join in with other like-minded teens at the Riverwood Library! Engage in interesting conversion and rhetoric about what you like, and don’t like, about the books that you have read.
Who: Young people
When: This is a school holiday program – call the Riverwood Library and Knowledge Centre on 9789 9416 for dates and times
Where: Corner of Belmore Road and Roosevelt Avenue, Riverwood
For more information, please contact Riverwood Library and Knowledge Centre on 9789 9416, or click here!read more
Sounds of the Street and Artworks! – South East Sydney
Creative Youth Initiative (CYI) run Sounds of the Street (SOTS) and Artworks!. These are music and art programs for young people aged 16-25. SOTS is a 20-week TAFE accredited course, and Artworks! run for 6 months.
Who: Young people aged 16-25
When: Semesters start in February and July of each year
Where: Mission Australia Centre, lower ground floor, 19 Denham Street, Surry Hills
More Info: Click the link above or call (02) 9356 8897read more
Homework Support Program – Inner West
Struggling with Maths, English, Science or Geography? Drop in to Leichhardt’s homework support program to get some help from a tutor and munch on free snacks!
Who: Young people aged 12 – 18
When: Every Wednesday during school term (except week 1), 3:00pm – 6pm
Where: Leichhardt Town Hall, 107 Norton Street Leichhardt
More Info: Visit the Inner West Council website or call 9392 5757 for more information.read more
Marrickville Souths Fitness and Breakfast Club – Inner West
Do you want to get fit, hang out with other young people and get a free feed? This program is aimed at young people who may be vulnerable, are not connected with local services, need assistance with access to school or just love sport!
Who: Young people aged 12 – 17 who live or go to school in the Marrickville area
When: Every Wednesday during the school term, 6.30am to 8.00am
Where: Marrickville PCYC, 531 Illawarra Road, Marrickville NSW 2204
If you have any questions or would like to register to the program, please contact Tyrina Kurzydlo on 0427 012 042 or Pippa Algar on 02 9559 7722. For more information, visit the Inner West Council website.read more