Family Ties Program

Do you worry that you and your family have been affected by your service in the military?

Are you struggling to adapt to your new role in the family now you have discharged from the ADF?

Do you wish you could spend more quality time together as a family, feel closer and more connected?


Research demonstrates how important satisfying relationships are for having a happy, healthy and fulfilling life, and family relationships are a foundational component of that.

Soldier On is pleased to announce the inaugural Family Ties, Soldier On’s Family Support Program which is generously funded by the Ian Potter Foundation. The aim of this program, is to provide avenues to strengthen family bonds that may have been affected by service and provide tools for getting and staying connected in the future.


Who can apply?

This program is specifically designed for ex-serving and/or those that are transitioning out of service, that also have family units. The weekends will include both couple sessions as well as couple and children sessions.

Therefore, if you have a partner and children, are transitioning or ex-serving, and believe this program would benefit you and your family, then please apply!

Accommodation, meals and transport are all inclusive as the program is generously funded by the Ian Potter Foundation.


Locations

The program is running from Canberra, ACT out of the Soldier On Reintegration Centre.

Families from across Australia are encouraged to apply, as we may be able to arrange travel for you and your family.


Dates

The programs are set to operate in the school holidays to allow for flexibility.

Please note: All applicants will need to commit to all three weekends as it is a program approach over 8 months. In between the 3 weekends, there will also be structured check in points with the Soldier On team via phone.

  1. 7th to 8th October 2017
  2. 13th to 15th January 2018 – (3 days in ACT joining the NSW group)
  3. 21st to 22nd April 2018

Program

Weekend 1  – Focused on couples sessions and relaxation techniques at the Soldier On Centre. 5 couples will come together in a group to work with a professional Soldier On team on current stressors and strategies to reconnect.
There will also be opportunities to try your hand at something creative and relax on the beautiful centre grounds with a spot of yoga. The evenings will be yours after dinner at a local restaurant.
Children stay at home for this one, so Soldier On will look to work with you if you need dedicated child care over this weekend.

Weekend 2  – Adventure time! Soldier On has partnered with Outward Bound in the ACT to deliver a fun 3 day adventure style program for the whole family. Set between Mount Tennent and the Murrumbidgee River, this is the perfect time to spend with each other, hanging on the ropes course or making bush tucker around the fire.
Accommodation is onsite and all ages and standards of fitness catered for.

Weekend 3  – Back to the Centre for consolidation sessions and more coaching on techniques to move forward. More TBA.


Please note: Most costs including accommodation, meals, and travel from major centres is included. Child care for the 1st weekend and travel from out of state will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Email activities@soldieron.org.au for any questions, or to submit your expression of interest and receive the application form.