Participation and Social Connection

Soldier On offers a range of social connection activities and programs to encourage Defence personnel, veterans, and their family members to reconnect with themselves, each other and to build links with the wider community.

From our ‘Surf Therapy’ Program to coffee catch ups, yoga classes to creative writing workshops, these programs and activities have a range of purposes and benefits to meet the various needs of those we support.

These benefits include the formation of a network that provides support from the community, other Defence families and ultimately provides meaningful connections with others. It may also be a part of a physical or mental health treatment program. They can also be a lot of fun!


We offer a range of social connected activities and programs, ensuring there is something for everyone to enjoy and benefit from. Activities and program include:

  • Soldier On’s Surf Therapy Program
  • Golf days
  • Coffee catch ups
  • Art workshops
  • Creative writing workshops
  • Music groups
  • Yoga classes
  • Men’s and women’s weekend workshops
  • Family days
  • Sailing days
  • Volunteering programs and opportunities

“If it wasn’t for those half-hour coffee catch ups, I wouldn’t have bothered with society at all”

Soldier On also has a number of larger social activities running throughout the year:

Serving On – Building resilience and connection through volunteer and/or community service.

Serving On provides former Defence personnel with the skills, opportunities, and support to continue to serve through purposeful work and impactful projects helping people and communities.  For more information email

Family Ties – Strengthening inter-generational individual and family resilience through strengthened connections.

Soldier On’s Family Support Program strengthens family bonds and provides tools for getting and staying connected in the future. For more information email

Facing Forward – Soldier On have developed a back to confidence program called Facing Forward that is focusing on providing Defence personnel, both men and women, with the tools to adjust and accept their self-image after leaving their service. *Currently funded by the WA government and offered in Perth only.



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