Our History | Veterans Centre Sydney Northern Beaches
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Our history

The Veterans Centre Sydney Northern Beaches was established in 2011, with a recognition that support services for Veterans and their families on the Northern Beaches was disorganised and inefficient. The Hon. Bronwyn Bishop became Founding Patron.

In 2012, with DVA funding and the cooperation of multiple ESO’s, the non-aligned Veterans Centre Sydney Northern Beaches was located at the War Veterans Village Narrabeen with assistance from RSL LifeCare. For the first time ex-service organisations across the Northern Beaches were networked and began to provide a collaborative support service. Volunteers provide advocacy support took part in professional development training ensuring quality service provision.

In 2015, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed and executed with Dee Why RSL to enhance the centre's services, offerings and resources including, a full time Centre Manager and new fully-furnished, premises on Level 4 of Dee Why RSL for the exclusive use of Veterans and their families. Currently, the centre is expanding its services and range of assistance for those in need. In October, the VCSNB held its official opening at Dee Why RSL.

In 2016, VCSNB staff began operating on military bases in the greater Sydney region. This was a first important step in beginning early intervention work to prevent crisis in the former service community. The VCSNB also hosted the first collaborative forum focused on the needs of the former service community. Over 80 organisations were represented.

In 2017, the VCSNB employed their first full-time advocate. Held the Inaugural Resilience Lunch, which resulted in much needed funds raised, major sponsorship from Campsie RSL Club and Vice-Regal Patronage from His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (ret'd). Mr Michael Griffin AM, Integrity Commissioner for Law Enforcement, took over from Mr John McInerney OAM as Chair of the VCSNB.

In 2018, the VCSNB participated in several government reports investigating supporting services to current and former military service personnel and their families. The VCSNB restructured it's service delivery into a unique service delivery model for the former service community. This model has led to a 32% increase in assistance provided to 168 clients.