I get by with a little help from my friends

Published on Andrew Bujdegan (author), Unknown (photographer)

Location(s): Rockingham, WA

Topic(s): HMAS Sheean (S77), Defence Community Organisation

Mrs Amanda James and daughter Ava work on a banner in anticipation of Dad's return from deployment. (photo: Unknown)
Mrs Amanda James and daughter Ava work on a banner in anticipation of Dad's return from deployment.

It’s a classic line from a song that rings true for many Navy families managing life while a member is away from home on duty. It’s also something that Defence Community Organisation understands and works to support.

Each of the local Defence Community Organisation area offices around the country and the all-hours Defence Family Helpline provide information and support for military families in need of assistance. But there are also a range of regular events designed to bring the families of serving members together.

A recent ‘welcome home’ banner making activity in Rockingham, Western Australia, brought families together to share a laugh, get to know each other a little better and extend their support network in a positive atmosphere.

In anticipation of the return of their loved ones from deployment, the families of HMAS Sheean, got together with the help of the local Defence Community Organisation team, to decorate a banner for their family member to read as they come alongside from their recent deployment.

Family Liaison Officer Nikki Bruechert from the Defence Community Organisation office in Rockingham said “It was a fabulous afternoon particularly for the younger kids, who had a ball creating and decorating their own banner.”

“Everybody had fun, shared their stories and I am sure a few new friendships were made.”

Defence Community Organisation provides a range of programs, practical advice and connection to community groups and services for the families of members who are absent from home for Service reasons.

Call the Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608 or see the Defence Community Organisation website for events in your area http://www.defence.gov.au/dco/