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.
You can find groups through the:
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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.
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Community group listing
Access and inclusion for people with a disability
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.
Fighting Chance - Avenue website
Support and services for people of any ability to improve independence via a range of programs, opportunities, experiences and choices. Programs include: Beyond the Broadband, SAS Club, Micro Entrepreneur, Adventure World Travel, SLES, Skills Central, Support Coordination, Build Your Own.
Beyond Abilities website
Gig Buddies Sydney (by ACL Disability Services)
Gig buddies Sydney pairs volunteers with people with a learning disability to go to events together. Our project aims to tackle social isolation, promote social inclusion and create awareness. We currently have a surplus of wonderful volunteers who await a buddy from the disability community. Join us!
Gig buddies website
Multicultural Disability Services - ECSC
We provide culturally and linguistically appropriate support to people with a disability and their carers. We have a FREE Disability Advocacy Service available and also are a registered NDIS service provider offering Support Coordination and various Community Access and Participation programs.
Ethnic Community Services Co-operative 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.
St Anthony’s Family Care
Community services for children and young people with disabilities based in Croydon.
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.
Arts and culture
Antartis Stage Productions
We write, create and produce new works, predominantly based on women, women's issues and female talent.
Circus school supporting the community through physical activity, circus skill development and performance.
Destructive Steps Dance Association
DSDA is a non-profit charity organisation that promotes and organises Street Dance/Hip Hop events, performances, workshops and programs.
Destructive Dance Steps Association website
Hand Weavers and Spinners Guild of NSW
The aim of the Guild is to bring together, for their mutual benefit, people who practise any of the arts of hand weaving, spinning and associated crafts; to foster and encourage the crafts by instruction, discussion and exhibition of work and for such other purposes as the Guild may determine.
Hand Weavers and Spinners Guild of NSW website
Hellenic Art Theatre/Greek Cultural Assoc Inc.
Theatre and cultural events
Hellenic Art Theatre/Greek Cultural Assoc Inc website
Inclusive singing group for all ages. Thursdays 1-2 pm.
Knitters Guild NSW - Inner West Group
The Knitters Guild NSW promotes and encourages skills of knitting and crochet among members and the wider community
Knitters Guild NSW website
A bunch of unrepentant bleeding hearts ra-ras who sing in a cappella harmony for harmony. Like minded souls welcome. No auditions.
Solidarity Choir website
Whimsical Productions is a non-profit theatre company formed in 2016 (launched publicly in 2017) with the objective to produce theatrical works in the most creative and diverse way possible.
Whimsical Productions website
Children and family
Multicultural Children's Services - ECSC
We provide bicultural/bilingual support to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) children, including those from Indigenous and Refugee backgrounds, in Early Childhood Education Services. We also provide culturally appropriate resources and training for educators and other relevant services.
Ethnic Community Services Co-operative website
Naitasiri Youth Australia
Social and multicultural talent group.
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.
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.
Soccajoeys Next Step Foundation website
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.
Stretch a Family website
Vietnamese Mother's Group
Social service for mothers and small children under 5 years old. Obtain information, be referred and trained about family and children issues.
Meets Weekly (school term) from 10am - 12:30pm
Community and Cultural Connections 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.
We All Care website
Environment and sustainability
Birchgrove Potting Club
A group of planting and growing novices, who meet once a week to plant seeds, learn and share their experience of growing at home plants, veggies and herbs.
Boomerang Bags Sydney Inner West
We are a grassroots environmental group who volunteer our time to sew bags from donated fabric or materials destined for landfill. Our shopping bags help to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags and to start conversations about how we can all contribute to a more sustainable world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Parramatta River Catchment Group website
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.
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).
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.
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.
Tidy Ashfield Group website
Wilderness Society Action Group
We are a passionate action group of local community members representing the Wilderness Society Inner West. Our aim is to help the community play a role in long lasting environmental action through community organising and standing up for nature.
Wilderness Society Action Group website
Community garden at Wilkins Public school.
Health and wellbeing
After the Storm
A six week self-empowerment program for women who have left an abusive relationship.
After the Storm website
Circle Therapy consists of 10-12 individuals within the community who have an existing mental health diagnosis or struggle to manage their day to day life due to increased stress or mental blocks coming together and listening to each others experiences and feeling supported and understood.
9 week group for adult survivors of childhood sexual assault, exploring impacts and effects of trauma, topics covered will include challenging self blame, secrecy and silence, understanding grooming and tactics, managing difficult emotions, rebuilding trust, rewriting relationships and intimacy.
Discoveries group website
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.
Greenway Parkrun website
Inner West (Haberfield) Dementia Carers' Group
Support group for anyone caring for or concerned about a person with dementia.
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.
Mr. Perfect - Mental Health's Mate website
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).
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.
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.
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.
Sydney Food Share website
Vietnamese Women's Wellness Group
Social service for women with special health issues. Activities include gentle exercise, art & craft therapy, fun, games to stretch the brain and social engagement.
Meets on a Monday, every two weeks from 9am - 12.30pm
Community and Cultural Connections 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.
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
Friends of Callan Park (FOCP)
For more than 20 years, FOCP has resisted attempts to privatise Callan Park. As a result, the community has 61 hectares of open space for many activities. Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month at 6.30pm. Currently (2021) meetings are held on line. See our website for details.
Friends of Callan Park website
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.
Marrickville Heritage Society website
Trans Pride Australia
We are a support community for the trans and gender diverse community.
Trans Pride Australia website
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.
Metropolitan Community Church, Sydney
Metropolitan Community Church have built a house of worship for the loud and proud, the lost, the lonely and the enquiring alike. We are committed to teaching and learning more of the message of Christ, and helping each other to learn and grow with God and to spreading the gospel in a supportive environment.
Metropolitan Community Church website
Australia Shandong Fellow Provincials Association
This association provides services and organises events for the Chinese migrant community group from the Shandong region.
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.
Brazilian Community Council of Australia website
Bilingual Community Hub
Our FREE Bilingual Community Hub operates Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm to provide help and support to the community. We can assist you with filling out forms, information about support or services available, making calls to access services and understanding letters, notices etc.
Ethnic Community Service Co-operative website
Ethnic Community Services Co-operative
We are a non-for-profit organisation with 40 years experience working with ethnic communities. We provide Multicultural Ages Care Services, Multicultural Children's Services and Multicultural Disability Services. We can also help in the creation of culturally-appropriate resources and training.
Ethnic Community Services Co-operative 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.
Metro Assist website
Vietnamese Women's Network
Social services for women with activities including art & craft, circle of support, yoga, Zumba, ballroom dancing, traditional performing art, physical & mindfulness exercise.
Meets on the second and last Friday of every Month, 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Community Cultural Connections
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.
Acceptance Sydney for LGBTIQ+ Catholics website
Ekklesia Niue Sydney Inc
People meet to worship and fellowship
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.
NSW Fijian SDA
NSW Fijian Seventh Day Adventist Church Group, where Fijians from 4 Fijian churches meet once a year to worship together.
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.
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.
Village Church Annandale Website
Community activities, homework help, advice, women’s get together
Campbell Avenue community group
We are a small group of residents looking after our homes,our street, our neighbours and fight for our rights.
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.
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.
Haberfield Association website
Volunteer-run no-kill animal rescue for cats and dogs, based in the Inner West.
Maggie's Rescue 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.
Marrickville Peace Group website
Old Canterbury Road Lewisham
Owners representing 35-45 Old Canterbury Road. Due to the Parramatta Road Strategy and detailed in the Housing Strategy/LSPS, we have provided submissions to to Council highlighting our group's willingness to work with Council to deliver increased density in an area next to excellent public transport.
Sydenham 2044 Community Portal
A place where local residents of Sydenham can raise issues or concerns about the safety and protection of our neighbourhood and families.
Tidy Ashfield Group
A social media based group of Ashfield residents who have as a mission to maintain Ashfield as a welcoming and attractive suburb for everyone to enjoy.
CASS Korean Seniors' Group
The group offers studies in English and gentle exercise.
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 and wellbeing workshops, brain-training games and cultural celebrations. Meetings occur on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 9am to 12.30pm in Marrickville.
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 1pm in Marrickville.
Community and Cultural Connections website
Connect: Inner West Community Transport Group
We are a NFP Community Transport organisation providing a door to door transportation service for seniors, as well as other eligible people who find it difficult to afford, or have difficulty accessing private or public transport. We provide services to inner west residents residing in the former Leichhardt and Marrickville LGA’s.
Connect: Inner West Community Transport 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.
Multicultural Aged Care Services - ECSC
We provide group culturally and linguistically appropriate support to those over 65 still living at home. Group support, individual support and flexible and centre-based respite options available
Ethnic Community Services Co-operative 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.
PAC Social Support Groups
PAC Ashfield Hub Health and Wellbeing - stay in touch with your community, keep fit and make new friends, groups available every Monday to Friday; Yoga, dance class, Falls Prevention programs, Carer's group, Exercise Classes, Physiotherapy and fun outings every Tuesday.
PAC Social Support Groups website
Probus Club of Balmain
Open to men and women who have retired, or close to retiring wanting to meet people for social get togethers and outings. Initial contact by email preferred.
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.
Starts at Sixty Meetup
We meet on the first Tuesday of each month for coffee and chat between 11 am and 1 pm.
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'.
The AGEncy Project website
The Little Potatoes
The Little Potatoes offers community support services to people in need. We mainly provide emergency food relief, meals delivery and grocery shopping to the seniors in our local community. During Cov-19, this community support service has been extended to the general public needing help at the unprecedented time.
The Little Potatoes 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.
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.
Ashfield Bicycle Group website
Bush Music Club Inc.
Bush dance and bush music workshops, bush dances, concerts and colonial balls.
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.
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.
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.
Marrickville Croquet Club Facebook page
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!
Petersham Toastmasters website
River Canoe Club of NSW Inc
The premier recreational paddling club in NSW, since 1935 and based in the Inner West. All welcome to join.
River Canoe Club website
Southern Cross Outdoors Group Inc.
A bush walking club in the GLBTIQ Community since 1981. For decades we have run Bush Dances mainly benefiting Inner West people and spawned several spots.
Southern Cross Outdoors Group Facebook
A walking and running group.
Woodstock Runners website
The Burdekin Association
Non Government Organisation (NGO) new to the inner west. The service supports children and young people aged 9 -19 years old in Out of Home Care through living with foster carers and supported independent living.
The Burdekin Association website
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.
Girls Rock! Sydney website
InnerSparQ provides fun and interactive life skills and living skills courses to young people aged 15- 25 years via zoom, online platform and face to face.
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