A fellowship of men and women who meet to share their experience and build their resilience in order to recover from alcohol dependence.
Contact: AA 24hour Helpline 1300 222 222 or www.aa.org.au
The Benevolent Society have programs that support children, families, women, foster carers, people with a mental illness and young people in Bankstown, Punchbowl, Camden, Campbelltown, Liverpool & Moss Vale.
Contact: 1800 236 762 for service information
Child & Family Counsellor 1800 077 760 www.benevolent.org.au
A support and social group for carers of people with a mental illness that meets on 2nd Wednesday of the month in Camden.
Contact: (02) 4625 1639 or (02) 4621 8400
The Recovery College focuses directly in helping people with a lived experience of mental illness and their families & carers by promoting personal recovery through their skills and knowledge that they share with others and learn from each other.
One Door Mental Health - Carer Services provides information, education, advocacy & referrals for family and carers of people living with a mental illness.
To receive further information, attend a workshop or find out about local support groups for carers,
Contact: Campbelltown (02) 4625 1639, Moss Vale (02) 4868 2755, Bankstown/Fairfield & Liverpool (02) 9708 2670 www.onedoor.org.au
An interactive online education portal that assists carers of people with a mental illness to access education and information to support their caring role.
Caring can be a challenging role and counselling can provide strategies to address and alleviate the feelings associated with stress, anxiety and grief. Carers NSW offers a range of counselling services to carers across NSW through the National Carer Counselling Program.
www.carersnsw.org.au Contact: Between 9am-5pm, M-Friday 1800 242 636
CatholicCare is the social services agency of the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong, covering the Illawarra, Shoalhaven, Macarthur and Southern Highlands Regions. CatholicCare's Family Support Program provides family & relationship education and counselling.
Workshop Bookings: Campbelltown (02) 4628 0044, Wollongong (02) 4227 1122
For social services located in the Sydney Archdiocese
Bankstown (02) 8700 3333, Fairfield (02) 8723 2222, Liverpool (02) 9612 3444
An informal support group for people living in the Macarthur region who have a mental illness and for their friends, family and carers.
Contact: (02) 4627 1188 www.mdsi.org.au
Connecting Carers NSW (CCNSW) provides support to foster, kinship and relative carers across NSW. Education, peer support and advocacy to develop skills and support carers in their vital role caring for children and young people in out of home care (OOHC).
Support Line: 1300 794 653 www.connectingcarersnsw.com.au
Support groups for people who experience an anxiety disorder, their families and friends. The groups meet monthly at various locations around Sydney.
Contact: 1300 794 992 www.wayahead.org.au
FDS provides information, support and education to family members, partners or friends of someone who is a drug and/or alcohol user.
Contact: 1300 368 186 www.fds.org.au
Family Referral Services are intended to assist children, young people, and families who do not meet the statutory threshold for child protection intervention, but would benefit from accessing specific services to address current problems, prevent escalation, and foster a protective and nurturing environment. FRS are intended to link vulnerable children, young people in need of assistance, and their families, with the most appropriate available support services in their local areas.
Contact: 1300 244 826 www.familyreferralservice.com.au
GROW meetings allow members to come together on a weekly basis to participate in an organised forum that provides peer-support to share opportunities to discuss their current life challenges and learn practical steps to help them recover their mental health and achieve their personal goals.
Contact: (02) 9633 1800 or www.grow.net.au for local groups
Hearing Voices Network is a health-promotion charity that runs Self-help groups for voice hearers throughout Sydney Metro and Regional NSW. The groups are social/support groups, not therapy or clinical groups.
For location of nearest group go to: www.hvnnsw.org.au
Independent, non political, non denominational organisation that provides: Information; referrals; advocacy; community development; youth services; tax help; No Interest Loans for families and individuals living in the Wingecarribee Shire.
Contact: Stafford Cottage, 22 Bendooley Street, Bowral (02) 4862 1122
Free web-based education modules from the University of NSW that provides education with the aim of supporting the mental health & wellbeing of people with an intellectual disability. Suitable for health professionals, community workers, volunteers and carers that work and live with people who have an intellectual disability.
Support groups for adults who have lost someone to suicide whether the suicide was a recent experience or one that happened many years ago.
Phone: (02) 4645 7200 www.lifelinemacarthur.org.au
Karitane Careline provides a free telephone service 7 days per week to parents with infants and children from birth and up to 5 years of age. Child & Family nurses are available for consultation on a wide range of issues to support parenting.
Contact: 1300 227 464 Monday-Thursday 12:30-9pm Friday-Sunday 9-3:30pm
Provides support and advocacy to parents whose children have learning difficulties, and information to teachers, other professionals and members of the community interested in the field of learning difficulties.
Contact: (02) 9806 9960 Open school days 9am-3pm during school terms www.ldc.org.au
Link-Up Services support Aboriginal adults who were separated from their families as children through wardship, adoption, fostering or institutional care, as well as Aboriginal families who were separated from their children.
Contact: 1800 624 332 www.linkupnsw.org.au
Macarthur Family and Youth Services (MF+YS) is a "home grown" community managed not for profit agency supporting children, young people, families and communities in the Macarthur area providing early intervention, prevention and crisis support services for children, young people and families.
Contact: (02) 4620 4667 www.mfys.org.au
Men Care Too is a website for male carers that provides information, education, advocacy and research to raise awareness of men in our communities who are carers.
Nar Anon is a spiritual program, not a religious one, and follows the 12 Step philosophy to provide recovery and support to families and friends of people who are suffering the illness of drug addiction.
Contact: (02) 8004 1214 wwww.naranon.com.au
A free telephone service that provides parents and professional working with parents information about local support services in their area that can help family relationships and parenting of infants, children and young people.
Contact: 1300 1300 52 www.parentline.org.au
Resourcing Parents provides information on education & supports for parents and Carers related to raising healthy & happy children & teenagers (0-18years).
SANE Australia online forums provide peer support for people living with a mental illness or related mental health issues, and for family, friends and other carers.
Provides respite options for carers looking after someone who is frail aged or has:
Contact: Anglicare 1800 052 22
The Child and Youth Refugee Wellbeing Service provides support to families living in the Local Government Areas of: Fairfield; Liverpool; Campbelltown; Camden; Wollondilly who are refugees, asylum seekers, humanitarian entrants and unaccompanied minors.
For more information contact the Intake Team on 1800 077 760
Provides information & mutual support group for anyone bereaved following the loss of a child.
The Haven Project works with a consortium of five service providers to support carers of people who are affected by mental illness.
Service areas include: Campbelltown, Camden, Wollondilly and Wingecarribee
Anglicare - Campbelltown/Camden (02) 4621 6650
BCD Community Care - Southern Highlands (02) 4871 3157
Community Links Wollondilly (02) 4683 2776
The Disability Trust - Southern Highlands (02) 4860 1100
Macarthur Disability Services - Campbelltown (02) 4621 8400
Provides a range of services for anyone who lives & cares for someone with a mental illness in Fairfield, Liverpool and Camden Local Government Areas through social & recreational activities, emotional support, advocacy, peer support, education and links to other services.
Contact: (02) 9757 4293
Wingecarribee Family Support provides a range of services to families and carers who have full-time or part-time care of a child. The family workers will work with families in their own homes to strengthen and support children by connecting families in times of difficulty or crisis and to assist them to improve their childrens behaviours by connecting them to specialist services and participating in groups and workshops.
Contact: (02) 4862 1777 www.wfss.org.au
Young Carers NSW provides information, resources, counselling and list of contacts and activities related to young people aged 25 years and under who care for someone who has a disability, mental illness, chronic illness, frailty etc.
Contact: 1800 242 636 www.youngcarersnsw.org.au