Community group register

Find a community group

The Inner West is rich with local community groups who contribute to the life of the area. Joining a group is a great way to meet people and make a difference to the Inner West.

Get involved with one that interests you.

We'll be listing our community groups below as we gather their contact details.

Do you manage a local group?

Register your community group on Council’s Engagement Register so local people can find you, and Council can contact you when we seek your group’s feedback on a decision that may impact you.

Groups must be not-for-profit and local to the Inner West or for the benefit of the Inner West community.

Register your community group

Community group listings

Access and inclusion for people with a disability

Balmain Para-Rowing Program Inc

Balmain Para-Rowing Program is a program set up to provide opportunities for persons with disabilities to participate in the sport of rowing. The program provides support to para rowers from Balmain Rowing Club, and welcomes new members!

0417 292 024

Balmain Para-Rowing website

Fighting Chance - Avenue

Avenue is a co-working space, which enables people of all abilities to work, socialise, and learn. Avenue is a social enterprise which exists to rethink and reshape the opportunities afforded to young adults with disability in Australia.

0481 304 334

Fighting Chance - Avenue website

Physical Disability Council of NSW (PDCNSW)

A advocacy organisation seeking to influence or secure positive long-term changes that remove barriers and address discriminatory practices to ensure the collective rights and interests of people with disability are upheld.

(02) 9552 1606

PDCNSW website

Sunnyfield Bright Nights

A social group for adults with a disability. We meet fortnightly on a Saturday night and go out, grab a bite to eat and have a fun time! Sunnyfield is a registered NDIS provider.

0417 292 024

Sunnyfield website

Arts and culture

Antartis Stage Productions

We write, create and produce new works, predominantly based on women, women's issues and female talent.

0402 244 012

Hellenic Art Theatre/Greek Cultural Assoc Inc.

Theatre and cultural events

0413 989 007

Hellenic Art Theatre/Greek Cultural Assoc Inc website

Singing Rozellas

Inclusive singing group for all ages. Thursdays 1-2 pm.

(02) 9556 9500

Knitters Guild NSW - Inner West Group 

The Knitters Guild NSW promotes and encourages skills of knitting and crochet among members and the wider community

0422 255 695

 

Knitters Guild NSW website 

Children and family

Prosper (Project Australia)

Prosper supports disadvantaged children and their families; at home, at school and in the community. Prosper runs welfare programs, parent groups, playgroup, community development activities, a Family One Stop Shop, training for foster carers and other community initiatives.

0402 787 571

Prosper Project Australia website

Soccajoeys Next Step Foundation

Operating since 2011, Soccajoeys Next Step Foundation exists to remove the barriers to participation in sport of children with special needs 3.5 to 9 years; unlocking their potential, building confidence, social inclusion and improving their personal development to live enriched lives. 

0417 461 028

Soccajoeys Next Step Foundation website

Stretch-A-Family

An accredited fostering and residential care provider for 0 to 18 year old children and young people who are in need out-of-home care support. SAF delivers a comprehensive, therapeutic and inclusive environment that promotes the well-being of children, young people and their families.

(02) 9569 6933

Stretch a Family website

We All Care

A charitable organization that was established to support disadvantaged and vulnerable Australians experiencing homelessness and domestic violence. Every month we host free clothing and goods pool events from which agencies and financially vulnerable members of the community can access.

0423 649 313

We All Care website

Environment and sustainability

Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle

An independent community group in inner west Sydney, promoting local and national action to reduce fossil fuel use, increase the adoption of renewable energy, and head off catastrophic global warming. Our bi-monthly 'Climate in the Pub' meetings featuring expert speakers are free and open to all.

 0419 442018

Climate Change Balmain - Rozelle website

Cooks River Sustainability Centre & Riverside Parklands

We advocate for best practice environmental management of the Cooks River, focusing on the foreshore along Riverside parklands (Marrickville Golf Course). We celebrate the history of the River and its importance to the Traditional Owners. We support increased public access to the River.

 0407 700354

Cooks River Sustainability Centre & Riverside Parklands website

Cooks River Valley Association (CRVA)

The CRVA is an environmental and community organisation whose members and supporters work to rehabilitate the waterway and parkland of Cooks Rivers.

(02) 9559 3406

CRVA website

Ferris Lane the 'Magic Lane' 

Ferris Lane Annandale is a community inspired, created, funded & maintained, inclusive urban green space. It is a unique true liveable lane in the Inner West for all to enjoy. We have a street library, seed bank and compost bins. 

 0409 990229

Inner West Beekeepers

Inner west branch of the Amateur Beekeepers Association. Seeking to engage people about bee health, the benefits of honey and other hive products and help people get involved in keeping bees.

 0412 845740

Inner West Beekeepers website

Inner West Tool Library

The Inner West Tool Library is a volunteer run not for profit, and has been set up to allow the community to access hundreds of tools and other useful things for a fraction of the usual cost. It’s just about borrowing things instead of buying them; sharing resources and using them more efficiently. 

Inner West Tool Library website

Pantry Herb Garden

Grow herbs for Rozelle Neighbourhood Centre's monthly Pop-up Pantry.

 9556 9500

Parramatta River Catchment Group - Riverkeeper Network

The Parramatta River Catchment Group is on a mission to make Parramatta River swimmable by 2025. But we can't do it alone! A Riverkeeper has been appointed to establish a network of care for the health of the Parramatta River and surrounding catchment.

 0419 689 041

Parramatta River Catchment Group website

Reverse Garbage

Reverse Garbage is a not-for-profit creative reuse centre in Marrickville. We redirect commercial and industrial waste from landfill to a new life with educators, artists, upcyclers, DIY enthusiasts, set builders, community organisations, festivals, charities and more.

 (02) 9569 3132

Reverse Garbage website

Sustainable Housing Finder

We help Inner West locals to find sustainable and energy efficient homes. These homes are good for the locals (comfortable homes), good for their pockets (save energy bills) and good for the planet (less CO2e).

 0425 077 972

The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre 

We provide affordable, good quality furniture and household goods to the community by diverting usable items from landfill and by supporting the community to repair furniture and households goods. 

 02 9568 6280

The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre website

Tidy Ashfield Group (TAG)

 We are residents who care about our neighbourhood and are campaigning against litter, illegal dumping and abandoned trolleys on our streets.

0498 375 050

Tidy Ashfield Group website

Wilkins Green

Community garden at Wilkins Public school.

0405 431 119

Health and wellbeing

After the Storm

A six week self-empowerment program for women who have left an abusive relationship.

(02) 9744 1866

After the Storm website

GreenWay parkrun

Parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. Richard Murden Reserve Haberfield every Saturday at 8am.

0450 524 611

Greenway Parkrun website

Inner West (Haberfield) Dementia Carers' Group

Support group for anyone caring for or concerned about a person with dementia. 

(02) 9767 5953

anne.tunks@health.nsw.gov.au

Mr. Perfect - Mental Health's Mate

A grassroots, “pre-crisis” charity that encourages conversation and connection in a supportive and inclusive environment with an intention to ensure our community feels safe, supported, worthy and listened to. We hold monthly Meetup BBQs in the Inner West. 

0406 641 984

 hello@mrperfect.org.au

Mr. Perfect - Mental Health's Mate website

New Horizons

New Horizons (Ashfield) provides a range of mental health & psychosocial supports within the inner west of Sydney. We are an NDIS provider and also deliver 2 NSW Health funded programs; Community Living Support (CLS) & Community Living Support Refugees (CLSR). 

0407 462 565

New Horizons website

NSW Chinese Association

This is a community group in the inner west that serves for residences over 55 years of age . Our projects include ballroom dancing, English conversation class and Chinese opera , and all activities are open to residences. 

0424 551 740

 merry0505@gmail.com

Running science

Community running groups that are on almost every day. Our purpose in the Inner West is to bring more people together to run and keep fit.

0403 774 930

Running science website

Sydney Food Share

SFS is a small team of friends and helpers committed to fighting food-insecurity at a local level, by collecting and freely giving food and toiletries to struggling individuals and families in need. Assistance is also provided to the homeless, community centres and shelters.

(02) 9569 1201

Sydney Food Share website

Wildheart Kids Yoga

Once a month, Thea from Wildheart will put on a family yoga class for free. All welcome! Come and join us to improve your strength, flexibility and balance.

0421 783 119

Wildheart Kids Yoga website

History and heritage

Ashfield and District Historical Society

ADHS promotes interest in Ashfield history with activities e.g. walks, talks and inspections. We publish a journal with information on Ashfield history. We collect and conserve photographs and documents. We undertake action to promote Ashfield’s history.

Ashfield and District Historical Society website

Haberfield Association

Formed in 1980, the Haberfield Association aims to support the integrity of the Haberfield Conservation Area, raise peoples' awareness of Haberfield's heritage significance and encourage a sense of community among Haberfield residents..

Haberfield Association website

Marrickville Heritage Society Inc.

Established in 1984 we monitor the built heritage of Dulwich Hill, Enmore, Lewisham, Marrickville, Petersham, Stanmore, St Peters, Sydenham, Tempe and parts of Camperdown and Newtown. We have a monthly public meeting and bimonthly newsletters.

0497 487 157



Marrickville Heritage Society website

LQBTIQ+

Twenty10 inc GLCS NSW

We provide housing, counselling, and social support for young people aged 12-25, and social support groups for people over 18.  We are also the NSW provider for QLife Australia - LGBTI focussed telephone and web counselling 3pm - midnight, every day of the year at 1800 184 527 or qlife.org.au.

(02) 8594 9555

Twenty10 website

Multicultural

Brazilian Community Council of Australia

Bracca is a non-profit institution 100% run by volunteers. Our goals are, to create interaction between Australian and Brazilian immigrants, to promote the Brazilian-Portuguese Culture and to offer free social support for the Portuguese Speaking Community in Australia.

0420 443 567

Brazilian Community Council of Australia website

Multicultural Social Support Group - Ashfield

Multicultural Social Support Group is providing a safe space especially for the newly arrived migrants and refugee communities living in the Local Government area.Different information session and workshops are delivered to meet the needs of the clients.

0434 423752

Metro Assist website

Religious organisations/faith groups

Acceptance Sydney for LGBTIQ+ Catholics

Acceptance is a faith community existing for almost four decades, supporting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) Catholics, their family and friends.

(02) 9294 7460

Acceptance Sydney for LGBTIQ+ Catholics website

Ekklesia Niue Sydney Inc

People meet to worship and fellowship

0414 585 614

Inner West Chavurah

Jewish social and cultural group which has been going for over 30 years. We share holiday celebrations and other activities of mutual interest. The Chavurah also provides a local Jewish voice, an information network and a point of contact.

0414 531 272

NSW Fijian SDA

NSW Fijian Seventh Day Adventist Church Group, where Fijians from 4 Fijian churches meet once a year to worship together.

0416 393 273

The Salvation Army Inner West

The Salvation Army provides practical support, support community groups by leasing out our hall for a donation and has parents groups, youth groups, music groups, Church services and groups to investigate Christianity.

(02) 9569 4511

Salvation Army - Sydney Inner West website

Village Church Annandale

Village is a creative, friendly and vibrant Christian community right in the heart of Annandale. It's a great place to discover God, grow in a personal relationship with Jesus plus build rich and deep friendships. 

(02) 9660 2444

Village Church Annandale Website

Resident groups

Campbell Avenue community group

We are a small group of residents looking after our homes,our street, our neighbours and fight for our rights.

0418 287 143

Gallipoli Centenary Peace Campaign (GCPC)

GCPC opposes the militarisation of Australian history and seeks to encourage a more critical understanding of Australia's war experience, including the Frontier Wars and Indigenous dispossession. GCPC works for a more peaceful and non-violent world through education and a variety of peace actions.

0418 864 907

GCPC website

Haberfield Association

Formed in 1980, the Haberfield Association aims to support the integrity of the Haberfield Conservation Area, raise peoples' awareness of Haberfield's heritage significance and encourage a sense of community and civic pride in the unique federation garden suburb character of Haberfield.

0414 999 597

Haberfield Association website

Marrickville Peace Group

We are a group of ordinary people from the Marrickville area, united in expressing opposition to violence and war. We first came together in 2002, before Australia joined the invasion of Iraq. We have continued our activities ever since.

0420 526929

Marrickville Peace Group website

Seniors

CASS Korean Seniors' Group

The group offers studies in English and gentle exercise.

(02) 9718 8350

Korean Aged Care website

CCCi Arabic Seniors' Social Support Group

The group offers a range of activities designed by and for seniors to foster ageing well, actively and independently. Activities include gentle exercise, art and music therapy, health ans wellbeing workshops, brain-training games and cultural celebrations. Meetings occur on the  2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 9am to 12.30pm in Marrickville.

(02) 8507 2027 or 8507 2028

Community and Cultural Connections website

CCCi Vietnamese Seniors' Social Support Group

The group offers a range of activities designed by and for seniors to foster ageing well, actively and independently. Activities include Tai Chi, gentle exercise, art and music therapy, health and well-being workshops and cultural celebrations. Meetings occur every Friday from 9am to 2pm in Marrickville.

(02) 8507 2027

0488 704 902

Community and Cultural Connections website

Haberfield Community Singers Inc

Multicultural group of seniors who meet on Wednesday mornings of school term to enjoy socialising and singing together for fun and to entertain other seniors in nursing/retirement homes.

0408 600 469

Leichhardt Community Transport Group Inc

We help people in the inner west who can’t afford or have difficulty using private or public transport. LCTG is a not-for-profit organisation providing accessible transport services to people living north and south of Parramatta Road generally in the former Leichhardt and Marrickville LGAs.

Leichhardt Community Transport Group website

Older Women's Network Sydney

We offer a range of interest groups and activities designed by and for older women: interest groups, information talks, social events.

(02) 9622 0717

Resourceful Australian Indian Network Inc (RAIN)

RAIN is an Indian Sub Continent community service group that works for the needs of seniors in the community.

0420 271 570

RAIN website

Starts at Sixty Meetup

We meet on the first Tuesday of each month for coffee and chat between 11 am and 1 pm.

(02) 9569 8488

The AGEncy Project

The AGEncy Project is a community of people who mostly live around Balmain in Sydney’s inner west who want to live actively and independently ‘together’, as they grow old. We are looking for suitable land to build a co-housing development. We are also creating a virtual community 'hub'.

0418 209737

The AGEncy Project website

Uniting Healthy Living for Seniors

Live a life you love. Healthy Living for Seniors is a relaxed way to stay in touch with your community, keep fit, make new friends and explore new interests. For those over the age of 65 living Independently at home that wish to focus on Wellness, re-ablement and Independence.

1800 486 484

United Aged Care website

Sports, leisure and recreation

Ashfield Bicycle Group (AshBUG Ltd)

Ashfield Bicycle Group is for people who want to see things get better for cyclists in the Ashfield area.

0413 019063

Ashfield Bicycle Group website

Bush Music Club Inc.

Bush dance and bush music workshops, bush dances, concerts and colonial balls.

0412 145262

Bush Music Club Inc. website

Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club

Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club (DHBC) is an inclusive and welcoming cycling club. The club was formed in 1908 and prides itself on offering fellowship among cyclists, regardless of experience, ability, aspirations or the equipment you own. Road, track, dirt or cyclepath. 

0426 897 247

Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club Website

Leichhardt Quilt and Craft Group

A group of adults who help each other with quilting, knitting, embroidery and other crafts. Wednesdays 11-2.30 at Leichhardt Bowling Club.

(02) 9569 3705

Marrickville Croquet Club

Marrickville Croquet Club offers the local community the opportunity to learn to play any of the three main forms of croquet. The club has regular playing days to join with other “locals” to play this interesting game and is keen to welcome new members.

02 95607174 (email or FB message is preferred contact)

Marrickville Croquet Club Facebook page

Petersham Toastmasters 

We are a non profit community club offering a fun, supportive and safe environment to develop your speaking and leadership skills. Be our guest at one of our upcoming meetings!

0412341402

petershamtm@gmail.com

Petersham Toastmasters website 

Woodstock Runners

A walking and running group.

Woodstock Runners website

Youth 

Girls Rock! Sydney

Girls Rock! Sydney runs programs aimed at empowering 10-17 year old female, trans, and non-binary youth through music. We currently host week-long day camps in the January school holidays, and work throughout the rest of the year to establish new opportunities so that we can reach more young people. 

0499 687 710

Girls Rock! Sydney website

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