We love to promote local events, which are happening in and around the Macarthur Region. This Webpage lists all upcoming events. If you are running an event for a community organisation, school, or church, you can submit your own local community event information.
If you, or someone you know needs crisis support, call Lifeline now on 13 11 14.
If life is in immediate danger call 000.
13 11 14 is a confidential telephone crisis support service available 24/7 from a landline, payphone or mobile.
Anyone across Australia experiencing a crisis or thinking about suicide can contact Lifeline. Regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation, our trained crisis supporters are ready to listen, provide support and referrals. The 13 11 14 service respects everyone’s right to be heard, understood and cared for.
Somewhere in Australia there is a new call to Lifeline every 33 seconds.
Some of the issues that people call Lifeline about include:
Family and Relationship Issues
Mental Health Concerns
Suicide Prevention and Support
Abuse and Violence
Loss of a loved one
Problems in the workplace
It is important to remember you are never alone and that professionally trained Crisis Supporters are there to listen and help you through
What to expect when you call Lifeline
Lifeline provides a confidential service.
Our Crisis Supporters will answer your call and:
Listen to your situation
Provide immediate support
Assist to clarity options and choices available to you
Provide you with referral information for other services in your area (if applicable)
Your call will be answered as soon as possible by the next available crisis supporter. If your call isn’t answered straight away, it means we are experiencing high demand for our service – please stay on the line.
If you are in immediate danger please call 000.
Most calls to 13 11 14 from a landline will be charged the cost of a local call, however additional charges may apply for some home phone plans.
Calls to 13 11 14 from mobiles are free. This includes Pre-Paid and Post-Paid customers.
Pre-paid customers who are out-of-credit will be connected to 13 11 14 until the prepaid service is suspended. The out-of-credit period varies depending on providers but is typically between 30 days and 6 months.
The privacy of our callers is important. Lifeline’s policy is to preserve life wherever possible. If your life or safety, or that of someone else is at imminent risk it is possible that your rights to confidentiality may not be upheld. An ambulance or the police may be involved if there is real concern that you are unable to contact these agencies yourself. For more details please read our Privacy Statement.
Address: 13 McPherson Rd
Smeaton Grange NSW
Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard Camden Inc
‘Filling What’s Empty’
A non-for-proft Macarthur charity shop with over 50 volunteers who have a passion to help the needy.
PLEASE PHONE TO CHECK IF THE SHOP IS OPEN DURING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK*
Come and buy all manner of household goods, clothes, toys and books. All funds received from your donated goods support community needs, with a special focus on women and children of domestic violence, and the homeless.
VISION: To shape a community that is responsive, generous and compassionate.
Organiser Val Stewart says “If you have any furniture that we can use, just phone us. We will organise to pick it up. Don’t just throw stuff away. We are a community working for the community”.
Your generous donation of goods can change the course of another’s future. Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard is in need of furniture donations to help struggling families get back on their feet.
Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 3pm. Closed for Christmas and Easter.
A stroke happens when blood supply to the brain is interrupted. Blood is carried to the brain by blood vessels called arteries. Blood contains oxygen and important nutrients for your brain cells. Blood may be interrupted or stop moving through an artery, because the artery is blocked (ischaemic stroke) or bursts (haemorrhagic stroke). When brain cells do not get enough oxygen or nutrients, they die. The area of brain damage is called a cerebral infarct.
Treatment for stroke
If you or someone else experiences the signs of stroke, no matter how long they last, call triple zero (000) immediately.
Stroke is always a medical emergency. Getting fast treatment for stroke can be the difference between death, disability and a good recovery.
When you call triple zero (000), warn them it is a possible stroke when the ambulance is sent.
Reducing the risk of stroke
There are other early treatments you might receive to help you recover. For example, aspirin should be taken in the first 48 hours after stroke by all who had a stroke due to a clot (ischaemic stroke). Aspirin may also be taken long term to prevent another stroke.
Your health professionals will work with you to ensure you make the best recovery possible. Everyone progresses differently in the first few days after a stroke.
Some people will make a good recovery quite early in their stroke, while other people may make slower progress. Some people will suffer complications after their stroke, however most people will survive and go on to make improvements in their function.
Unprecedented events over Christmas and New year have seen devastation and heartbreak in many parts of NSW.
The bushfire tragedy has touched our hearts. Now it’s time to do something and make a donation. There are many worthwhile charities and organisations who can effectively use your cash donation to help families rebuild.
With images of injured native wildlife being broadcast around the world, animal rescue organisations have also received a flood of donations. NSW’s Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) is bringing in more than $2 million a day through a social media campaign, which has now exceeded $11 million. The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital has surpassed $5 million in donations, while fundraisers for the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park and Wildlife Victoria have received over $880,000 and $170,000 respectively. These amounts are staggering, indicating how generous Aussies really are.
The Salvation Army
The Salvos launched a disaster appeal to support the communities affected by the devastating bushfires.
“Our teams are providing meals to evacuees and frontline responders, and will continue to provide whatever support is needed as the situation develops,” said Strategic Emergency and Disaster Management general manager, Major Topher Holland.
To donate to the disaster appeal, you can call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58), donate at any Woolworths checkout. The fires may be over – but the pain and anguish of those affected continues. The Salvos will not forget or forsake them.
Firefighters battle bushfires in Angourie, northern New South Wales, Tuesday, September 10, 2019. (AAP Image/Jason O’Brien)
Drop in for a chat about Foster Care with Barnardos
If you can’t make it, you can always call 1800 663 441 and speak to our Carer Enquiry Team.
Sponsor an Australian child and become a Barnardos Buddy today!
For most of us, childhood was the easiest part of our lives but for thousands of Australian children suffering abuse and neglect it’s the hardest. That’s why we need you, your sponsorship can transform a child’s life.
When you sponsor a child, you become a real buddy to a vulnerable child in need.
Address: Come join us for a cuppa and conversation about what it is like to be a foster carer for a leading Australian Foster Care Agency with almost 100 years experience.
When: Every Tuesday
Where: Campbelltown Arts Centre
1 Art Gallery Rd, Campbelltown 2560
More than 46,000 Australian children rely on foster care to keep them safe, and every year this number continues to increase. Barnardos Australia is a leading non-government, non-denominational child protection charity in Australia who believes all children and young people deserve caring families in which they can grow safely and fulfil their potential.
We believe in our foster carers and provide constant guidance and support to ensure the carer and the child’s needs are met.
SADLY, MAINLY MUSIC IS TEMPORARILY CANCELLED DUE TO THE IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS EPIDEMIC*
Fun, interactive music sessions for young children and their parents/caregivers to enjoy time together with their young child.
Friday ( school term only) 9.30 to 11am.
Cost $5 per family. Children are introduced to music, creativity and more, in a loving, shared family environment. Started in 1990, Mainly Music is a fun music group run by volunteers at Macarthur Salvos church. Children develop gross and fine motor skills, language, imagination, maths and pre-reading skills. And they learn how to socialise with others.
Children are also given a chance to think about the God-part of life.
Phone 4647 4162 Contact Captain Nicola Poore at email@example.com
The Salvation Army Macarthur, corner Narellan road & Exchange Parade, Smeaton Grange.
15 minutes to donate, 45 minutes for the appointment.
How often can I donate?
Every 12 weeks
Carrington Computer Club for Seniors, monthly Meeting
Always an exciting guest speaker.
New members and visitors are welcome. Membership is open for all seniors from the Macarthur and Wollondilly areas.
for more information
login to OUR WEB SITE ADDRESS: ccc4s.org
Call Bill 0408 159 936
or telephone our club room on 4655 6283: Please leave a message if unattended.
Bush Heritage Australia is recognising the unsung heroes of the bush – plants and animals that are critical to ecological recovery after bushfire.
The bushfire crisis impacted NSW reserves and ecologists and land managers are hard at work implementing bushfire recovery plans.
‘The bush will bounce back to life. It may be different but it will recover’ says Bush Heritage CEO Heather Campbell. “The bushfire crisis has turned the world’s eyes towards our unique and irreplaceable wildlife”.
The unsung bushfire heroes are:
ANTS: Certain species take seeds underground and provides protection from fire and harsh summer temperatures. The rich moist soil in underground ant nests is beneficial to seeding fertilisation
ECHIDNAS: These spiny monotremes are constantly moving soil around as they dig. By collecting seeds and water, the holes are crucial to the regeneration of native plants
PARROTS: Seed-eating parrots spread native seed species far and wide.
WEDGE-TAILED EAGLES: These apex predators help to clean up carcasses after fire and keep disease loads low, ensuring the health of other native species in the area.
Australia holds the unenviable title of having the highest rate of mammal extinction in the world. Scientists estimate that 10@ of native Australian species have disappeared since the arrival of Europeans 200 years ago
Way Up Mental Health Association NSW is proud to offer you the services of ANXIETY SUPPORT GROUP which meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at
Campbelltown Uniting Church, with a great meeting at 6.30pm. No need to book ahead. Just turn up for a friendly welcome.
Anyone is welcome – you may have experienced anxiety, or know of friends or family who would benefit in coming to share personal experiences and information – all in a safe, friendly and supportive environment. No need to feel embarrassed.
Volunteer facilitators are properly trained, screened and checked. They will introduce themselves to you and explain the confidentiality policy. It’s all covered.
It’s free – and you can choose to share what you feel comfortable in so doing – no pressure at all.
Attendees have said they find it really helpful to be around others with similar experiences and to hear what works for them. Surveys have consistently shown they feel better and less anxious after attending a support group.
For local enquiries phone JOHN SHIPWAY 0407 058 100.
Address: Campbelltown Uniting Church
Cnr Allman Street & Moore-Oxley Bypass
Campbelltown NSW 2560
Salvos Connect – Here to Help You
If you find yourself in crisis ( material or financial), please phone The Salvos on
1300 371 288 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
This phone number, available Australia wide, will connect you with the Emergency Relief Assessment Team. They will refer you to your nearest Salvos Connect community centre. An appointment is scheduled for you to collect your pre-approved assistance at the Macarthur centre.
Your individual situation will be assessed by qualified staff via the centralised phone centre. Their aim is provide emergency relief and practical assistance to low income families and individuals who are struggling to make ends meet. The Salvos do understand times are difficult for many. And they do not want you to fall deeper into the poverty cycle.
Please note no assessment can be done on-the-spot.It is essential you call 1300 371 288 first.
Macarthur’s Salvos Connect centre is open each Wednesday 10am til 12noon.
Deepen Your Yoga With Chakra Balancing
Want to Take Your Yoga Deeper?
Explore Dru yoga in Cambelltown with Astoria Barr & Morag Morrish
Are you keen to explore your next step in yoga? Would you like to know how you can enhance your yoga by focusing on the chakras and koshas in your practice?
The chakras are regions of consciousness and the koshas are the different layers of our being; body, mind, emotions and spirit. You can use the chakras and koshas for potent personal transformation and to supercharge your health and bring balance to your mind and emotions.
A workshop will also give you a taste of what it’s like to go deeper into yoga and even train on a Dru Yoga course. Dru yoga specialises in mind/body yoga for personal growth and gives you the tools and skills to grow as an individual or share this ‘heart based’ yoga to enhance the lives of others.
Dru Yoga is called ‘accessible yoga’ – because it is for everyBODY! PRICES AND BOOKING: CHECK OUT NEXT AVAILABLE WORKSHOP IN 2020
Afternoon class – $45
DPN / Concessions – $35
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
2 CPD hours
Here’s some of what we’ll cover at the workshop:
• introduction and session overview
• warming up and body preparation
• Dru Energy Block Release Sequence (EBR) to release tension on all layers of your being
• Dru Yoga sequences & postures with a focus on the chakras and koshas for personal development
• Nurturing relaxation – dru style
• A talk about how to take your yoga deeper – where to from here
• Afternoon tea and time to chat
Some extra info for the day
• Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the start so you have time to register and we can start on time, registration usually starts at 12.45pm
• You will need to bring your own yoga mat
• Bring your water bottle and pen and notepad if you’d like to take notes.
• Wear comfortable clothing
Prices and booking
Afternoon class $45
DPN / Concessions $35
Bookings can be made online or by contacting the Dru office on 02 6161 1462 or email email@example.comCancellations—If you cancel (because of illness or some other unforeseen circumstance) then we give you the option of transferring the event fee to a future Dru Australia course or event or to the purchase of other Dru Australia services.
If we cancel a Dru workshop, we give you the option of the event fee being reimbursed, or transferring it to a future event.
Address: The Meditation Space
11 Patrick St
Support your local Hospitals in Macarthur
There’s no doubt that Camden and Campbelltown Hospitals deliver quality healthcare to residents in the local region. These hospitals deliver healthcare to residents in the Macarthur region providing a range of services including cardiology, maternity, gynaecology, palliative care, respiratory and stroke medicine, surgery and emergency medicine, and aged-care services. Why not get involved as a volunteer?
Volunteering at your local Macarthur hospitals is a terrific step. You will help make them ‘warm and inviting’ places. After all – who wants to end up as a hospital patient? But you’ll meet up with the wonderful volunteers in the wards. They work so hard right across the hospital in areas like fundraising, giving directions to patients and visitors, and providing a friendly face for patients to talk to. They also raise much needed money. If you’ve ever visited someone at Campbelltown Hospital, chances are you’ve encountered members of the Campbelltown Hospital Auxiliary. They’re the folks who sell baby goods from two little stores inside the hospital – always there to greet people with a smile and a kind word. In 2019, they celebrated their 65th birthday of assisting the hospital and its patients. The auxiliary has raised more than $1 million for Campbelltown Hospital throughout the years and purchased a raft of invaluable pieces of equipment and goods in that time.
The auxiliary had secured items like a buggy to carry patients from one side of the hospital to the other, recliner chairs, bladder scanners for every ward and more. The auxiliary purchases items for all areas of the hospital except the paediatric unit, which is covered by the Kids of Macarthur Health Foundation, and the Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre, which is assisted by the 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer Macarthur.
Anyone looking to volunteer and knit goods for the stalls can have a chat with members at the hospital.
MACARTHUR HERPETOLOGICAL SOCIETY
Are you interested in reptiles and frogs ?
You’ve found the right community place to meet friendly like-minded people who can share ideas and gets loads of knowledge.
Also known as Macarthur Reptiles, the society was registered in 2000 and brings together herptofauna keepers within NSW to present a united front to government departments. They provide feedback on issues affecting hobbyists.
Meetings held on 3rd Friday of each month and doors open 7pm. Enjoy a trivia night, swap meet or even a visit from a zoo or park. Guest speakers and activities vary from month to month. Check out the website .
Entry is free for members and adult visitors $5 . If you become a member, your entry fee will be deducted.
Carrington Computer Club for Seniors, monthly Meeting
Date: Fri 25 October 2019
Disability and wheel chair easy access, their learning environment is very pleasant,
friendly and comprehensive and suitably priced for Seniors.
Visitors and new members are warmly welcomed.
Membership, open to all Seniors, classes and workshops available for members,
from all over the Macarthur and Wollondilly areas.Check the website — ccc4s.org for a much more comprehensive explanation of the Club.
Telephone 4655 6283 leave message.