Connection to Community

At some point, every serving member in the Australian Defence Force will be faced with the prospect of transitioning back into civilian life. For defence families, the transition to civilian life comes with a range of practical and psychological changes. 

Research has demonstrated that one of the best ways for service personnel to tackle those changes is to maintain and cultivate connections to communities outside of Defence. Those involved in civilian community groups or stay close with their civilian friends while in Defence can find the transition out a lot easier as they aren't losing their entire community following separation.

There are many ways to get involed with your local community, including:

Reaching out to old friends on social media
Joining a local sporting club like a footy club or cycling group
Participating in your suburb park run
Taking part in special interest groups like gardening clubs, art or singing groups

See information below on connecting to community in the Brisbane area.

Brisbane Connect

Defence Community Hub is an online resource for ADF members and their families to find information on their posting location. Find information on base location, childcare, schools and community groups/centres. 
 

Meetup.com

Meetup is a platform for finding and building local communities. People use Meetup to meet new people, learn new things, find support, get out of their comfort zones, and pursue their passions. 

RELEVANT RESOURCES

 
BRISBANE CONNECT

Engage Website

Did you know the Engage website provides information on programs that promote physical fitness, exercise and an active lifestyle?

Engage is an online portal that current, transitioning, and former ADF members; their families, and/or those involved in their support can use to locate support services. Engage simplifies the process of accessing support by providing information on not-for-profit services available from a range of service providers.

Check out their Staying Active directory: https://engage.forcenet.gov.au/support/staying-active