Connect with Peers

Connect with Peers

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Mateship, putting others before yourself, and rigid structure, are an integral part of military life. When you are separated from your unit due to illness or injury, or leave the forces all together, you can suffer a sense of loss. If your persona is built around being physically capable and emotionally strong, it can be difficult to admit the need for help or to know where to go.
 
The RSL brings together people who understand your service experience and the meaning of mateship in a way that civilians do not. Our members are there for each other and provide a helping hand when needed. When you join an RSL Sub Branch, you can get involved in activities such as:
  • Encouraging those who are struggling with civilian life to take the next positive step
  • Connecting with lonely or ill veterans
  • Assisting the needy or disadvantaged in your community
  • Engaging with local school and community groups to keep the memory of those who have served alive.
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Image of RSL Raemus Rover: Craig Houston Photograpgy

More Help? Here are more support options available to you.

Diggers Rest - A Soldiers Retreat

Located on 22 acres of bushland in Beerwah on the Sunshine Coast hinterland. With free of charge accommodation in a fully self-contained cabin, Diggers Rest provides respite for body, mind and soul for Defence personnel, past and present, and their family. Children are welcome and can participate in all aspects of farm life – collecting eggs, feeding calves, grooming horses. Camping facilities are also available. Service Dogs welcome.

  0488 280 884
  www.facebook.com/Diggers-Rest-A-Soldiers-Retreat


Mates4Mates

Supports current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members and their immediate families, who have suffered physical or psychological wounds, injuries or illnesses as a result of their service. In a family friendly environment, Mates4Mates provides a range of Psychological Services; Physical Rehabilitation & Wellbeing Services; Employment & Education Support Services; Rehabilitative Adventure Challenges; and Social Connection Activities.

  1300 4 MATES (62837)
  www.mates4mates.org


Partners of Veterans Association of Australia

A Nationwide support network for partners of past and present members of the Australian Defence Forces offering support, friendship, information and understanding.

  1300 553 835
  www.pva.org.au


RAAF Association Queensland

The association aims to foster friendship based on sharing Air Force and aviation experience. To achieve this aim it provides social activities, welfare, support of commemorative events and advice on aviation history. It also provides for the welfare of members through advice, liaison and representation.

  07 5428 7305
  www.raafa.org.au


RAR Association

Supports past and present infantry servicemen who have served in or are currently serving in an Infantry Battalion of the Regiment through social activities, promoting the health and welfare of members and a 'care watch' program to watch over sick members or their family members.  RAR also have Welfare Support Officers who are knowledgeable of legislation and connect members with relevant ESOs to help them.
supports past and present infantry servicemen who have served in or are currently serving in an Infantry Battalion of the Regiment through social activities, promoting the health and welfare of members and a 'care watch' program to watch over sick members or their family members.  RAR also have Welfare Support Officers who are knowledgeable of legislation and connect members with relevant ESOs to help them.
 

  07 3332 5371
  www.rar.org.au


RSL RAEMUS Rover Off Road Racing Team

The RAEMUS Rover is a 1961 ex-Army Series 2 Landrover which has been restored and revitalised for off-road racing by a team of current and former Army personnel. The team works to assist those who have returned from deployment with physical and emotional injuries. Opportunities for involvement include learning a mechanical trade, pit crew at events, logistics, vehicle navigator, mateship and camaraderie.

  0401 393 184
  www.facebook.com/REAMUSRover


Soldier On

Assists veterans who are dealing with issues of isolation, poor mental health, drug and alcohol dependency, unemployment and homelessness. Core programs include reintegration services, group counselling, yoga and physical training, confidence building programs and return to work activities.

  07 5525 0798
  http://soldieron.org.au


Trojan’s Trek

Facilitated by Vietnam veterans who have ‘been there’, made choices, and changed their lives. Trojan’s Trek is a peer-to-peer rehabilitative program which aims to act as a circuit breaker for those who are struggling to cope with life outside of the military. In a six day journey, participants go “out bush” where they take stock of their lives and learn the tools and techniques to adjust their behaviours and thinking, relate to other people without anger or aggression, and build self-esteem, and plant the seed for positive change.

  0498 593 927
  www.trojanstrek.com


Young Diggers

Young Diggers provides a variety of support services and programs to help serving and ex-serving personnel of the Australian Defence Force, their dependents and direct family members. Our key programs are The Young Diggers Dog Squad and Drive for Diggers.

  0408 196 218
  www.youngdiggers.com.au