Families Of Veterans Guild

Social Work & Wellbeing Program

What is our ‘Social Work & Wellbeing Program’

The purpose of this program is to support the families of veterans to access services, support and entitlements that promote wellbeing. It is also to empower self-advocacy and efficacy through the sharing of information, building knowledge and increasing confidence. The program encompasses case management and service navigation, guided peer support and social connection with a focus on self-care. 

The social work services are delivered nationwide, and referrals can be made through wellbeing@fov.org.au or by calling our friendly team on 02 9267 6577. Self-referrals are accepted. We deliver a person centred and trauma informed social work service that is unique to the individual needs of the veteran family. We are not a crisis service. If you are in crisis, please contact one of the services below.

The wellbeing services are delivered through ‘Our Space’ which is the modern-day version of Families of Veterans Guild Social Clubs. The guided peer support and social connection events are delivered both online and in person in Sydney and Canberra.

Our Space online is a safe space for families of veterans to connect, learn, share lived experiences, thoughts and ideas. It is not a counselling forum and does not provide clinical services. It provides a forum for peers to connect and be supported. While there is a strong focus on spouses, Our Space is for all families of veterans.

We support families of veterans to prioritise their own wellbeing and build strong connections in the community. This program offers the opportunity for defence and veteran spouses and widows to find understanding and support among a group of peers. We know that veteran families often experience social isolation and loneliness due to unique aspects of defence service including deployments and frequent relocations. We also know the spouses of ex-serving members may be in caring roles due to service-related illness or injury. Bereaved family members, too, experience challenges after the loss of their loved ones.

The online group provides opportunities for the families of veterans to be able to find their peers, reach out to ask for advice, information or support when needed. Peers are encouraged to find each other, connect and create lasting bonds. The online group also provides an opportunity for our team to share information and resources relevant to veteran families.

Currently, there are very few programs focused specifically on building connections and establishing informal peer-to-peer support networks for veteran families and contemporary widows. In fact, many families of veterans tell us that they often struggle to find and connect to services, have their needs met and are generally isolated within the veteran community. Through the social work and wellbeing program we are seeking to address that.

To discuss making a referral into our social work and wellbeing program, or to find out more about the program, please email wellbeing@fov.org.au or call 02 9267 6577

Wellbeing Events

“One day you will tell your story of how you overcame what you went through, and it will be someone else’s survival guide” – Brene Brown.

This is what the social work and wellbeing events are all about: creating a place for Defence and Veteran Families to connect, meet like-minded peers, build a network and share wonderful insights and powerful stories. Our Space shines the light on the families of veterans.

If you wish to be kept up to date with our events, you can join the Social Work and Wellbeing Program online here or subscribe to our newsletter here


Our Space program includes regular online events available to defence and veterans families.

Our webinars aim to cover topics that empower defence and veterans families member to live their best lives. We aim to break down barriers and encourage discussions that can be difficult but essential.

Our Space webinars are free and delivered via an online platform. If you are unable to attend, you can catch up on the recording at a time that suits you.


Are you a Veteran Family member? Has your career has been impacted by your loved one’s Defence career?

Are you currently employed in a leadership position or aspire to be?

Would you like to engage in a Women in Leadership Development Program or other scholarships that might become available? 

If so, register your interest today. 

Our Space Newsletter

Do you wish to keep up to date with the latest news, tips, information from our defence community? 

Do you want some more information about self care and general wellbeing? 

If so, the Our Space News is a perfect read for you. Read our latest newsletter here and subscribe to our monthly newsletter today! 


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If you need counselling support today

Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling is a free and confidential 24-hour service for current and ex-serving ADF members and their families. Call 1800 011 046 or go to the Open Arms website to get support or find out more. 

If you need urgent help or support

If you or someone else is in crisis and needs immediate help, call one of the following: 

  • Triple zero (000) if you feel like you may hurt yourself or someone else 
  • Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling on 1800 011 046 
    24-hour free counselling and support for you and your family 
  • ADF Mental Health All-hours Support Line on 1800 628 036 
    Confidential 24-hour telephone service for ADF members and their families 
  • Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14 
    Free support services if you are in crisis and need to talk to someone 
  • 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 
    National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service. 
  • National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007 
    Support for financial hardship, including financial counselling, debt and complex situations 
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