COMMUNITY DIARY | Death and dying sessions, and a drag queen

Dying to Know Day

Liverpool events on Thursday, August 8, aim to get people talking about death and dying. South-Western Sydney Primary Health Network's information and discussion session at Liverpool library, 1.30pm-3.30pm, covers palliative care, advance care planning and dementia and how it can affect future decision-making. Network boss Dr Keith McDonald said: "Our session will give the community a better understanding of why it's important to plan for a time they might not be able to make medical decisions for themselves," he said. eventbrite.com.au/e/what-to-know-before-you-go-liverpool-community-event-tickets-64292320060. Vitor Rocha, vitor.rocha@swsphn.com.au, 4632 3000.

Dying to Know Dinner Party at Casula Powerhouse also on Thursday, August 8, is a dinner party with a difference, where palliative-care staff, artists, funeral services and the public are invited to a dinner with a menu by Bellbird Dining+Bar to discuss death, dying and grief, but also joy, connection and community. It'll feature a performance by drag queen Peach Fuzz, exploring the nature of grieving. It'll be hosted by a representative of family-owned Liverpool funeral home Max Perram's.

Entries for this diary from community groups and non-profit organisations should reach us nine days before anticipated publication. Due to limited space there's no guarantee entries will run. Email items to the editor, Ian Horner, ihorner@fairfaxmedia.com.au.

THURSDAYS

Cecil Hills playgroup: At Cecil Hills Community Centre, Thursdays, 10am-noon (school terms). Cost: $3 (family). Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections, 9600 0600.

Help out: Anglicare's food and financial help program at Liverpool needs more volunteers. It's not always easy work but it's rewarding. Training provided. Lee-Anne, volunteers@anglicare.org.au or Jennie, 0438 831 677.

Moorebank seniors' group: At Moorebank Community Centre, Thursdays, 10am-2pm. Weekly activities, monthly outings. Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections, 9600 0600.

Free cervical screening test: For local women, run by Family Planning. About half of Liverpool women are overdue for a regular cervical screening. Women over 25 recommended to be screened every five years. The exam is quick and simple and the female clinicians make women feel comfortable. Information and support for STI tests, breast awareness, contraception, post-natal checks, access to social-work services, general health check-up. Bookings: outreach@fpnsw.org.au or 8752 4322.

Free courses: Run by Cabramatta CORE Community Services in basic English, computers, community services certificate 2. Suhair, 0472 879 279.

Liverpool Knitters: All welcome. Share knitting skills, learn new ones at Liverpool library on Thursdays (school terms), 10am-noon. Work on your own or community projects and experience the gentle art of knitting in a friendly and supportive group. Bring your own knitting supplies. No need to book.

Tai-Chi: Improve general health and emotional wellbeing on Thursdays, 2pm-3pm, CORE Community Services, 41 Peel Street, Canley Heights. Run by certified Tai-Chi Fitness Australia instructor. Cost: $36 (nine sessions). Julie, 9728 4973.

Supported playgroup: Fairfield Council offers a free playgroup to families with a young child with developmental delay or disability at Bonnyrigg Early Learning Centre, Thursdays, 10am-noon. Stay and play in a safe environment designed for your child. Sessions include specialist therapy supports targeted to your child. 9724 7948.

Learn English: Lessons cater to beginners, intermediate and advanced students and include reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar, punctuation, listening, speaking skills. Volunteers run morning classes 10am-noon, evening classes 7.30pm-9pm at St Mark's Anglican Church, corner Heckenberg Avenue and Spica Street, Sadleir. 9607 7547.

Bike rides: Thursdays, 9.30am-noon, from the WSCN bike shed at the back of Fairfield showground, off Moonlight Road, Prairiewood. Up to 30 kilometres of easy, slow-paced social riding with coffee stop before return. Must have a roadworthy bike and obey all road rules. Under-18s to be with an adult. Free. Bob Ward, 9724 1520.

Craft group: Run by Parks Community Network, 9.30am-11.30am, Thursdays at Prairiewood Youth and Community Centre. Cost: $5. 9609 7400.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Meet Thursdays, noon-1.30pm, 1 Dale Street, Fairfield. Organised by Oakdene House Foundation, which advocates abstinence as a path to recovery and supports the 12-step programs of addiction. Oakdene is smoke-free, drug-free, alcohol-free. Free entry. Mark Henson, 0410 714 510.

FRIDAYS

Crafties Social Group: At Westacott Cottage, 107 Railway Parade, Canley Vale. Bring knitting, crocheting, sewing, embroidery, spinning, weaving, patchwork, paper craft, scrapbooking, beading for company, chat, fun, coffee and share ideas and knowledge. Fridays, 9.30am-noon and first Saturday each month (not public-holiday weekends), 9.30am-noon. Cost: $2. All welcome. Nerida, 0403 270 213.

Volunteers needed: Liverpool Parenting Centre, 10 Murphy Avenue, is a free service supporting families with children under 5. New recruits sought to care for children under six months while their parents attend a group activity. Weekly two-hour sessions, training provided. Kate or Wendy, 9821 4555.

Casula Seniors: Meet on Fridays, 10.30am-1.30pm, at Casula Community Centre, 39 Ingham Drive. Bingo, trivia, guest speakers, planning days, monthly outings. Tea, coffee provided. All welcome. Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections, 9600 0600.

Senior walkers: Meet at the back of Fairfield Leisure Centre car park on Vine Street, Fridays at 9.30am for walks of 45 to 60 minutes. Robert, 0422 933 612 or 9724 1520.

Latin dance: Learn a variety of styles of partner dancing including salsa, bachata, cha-cha on Fridays at Lansvale, 8.30pm-9.30pm. Cost: $15. Derek Vuong, 0412 550 855.

Spanish book club: Club Literario en Espanol (Castellano), 11am-1pm on the first Friday of the month at Bonnyrigg library, Bonnyrigg Place, Bonnyrigg Avenue. For those who enjoy talking about books. You need a current library card. Free entry. Maria Rosa Lopez, 9725 0339.

Yoga class: Fridays, Cecil Hills Community Centre, 5 Sandringham Drive, 10am-11am. Learn from a qualified and experienced instructor how to master yoga. Cost: $8. Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections, 9600 0600.

Active Seniors: At Moorebank Community Centre, corner Maddecks and Lucas avenues, Fridays, 9am-11am, social gatherings, activities, outings. 0420 828 200.

SATURDAYS

Movie mornings: Enjoy free kids' films on the big screen on Saturday mornings, 9.30am-11.30am, at Green Valley and Casula libraries. All welcome. Bookings not needed. Mylibrary.liverpool.nsw.gov.au.

Learn yoga: Improve fitness, flexibility, capacity, energy levels, concentration and productivity and a healthy life. Yoga and meditation sessions on Saturdays at Holsworthy High School, 3 Huon Crescent, Holsworthy and Sundays at Macarthur Adventist College, 12 Victoria Road, Macquarie Fields 7.15am- 8.30am during school terms. Cost: $30 (term). Admissions for term 4 open. tejyoga.au@tejgyan.org or 9618 3747.

Work it out: Total Body Bootcamp sessions on Saturday mornings, 9am-9.45am, at Grand Flaneur Beach, 1 Ascot Drive, Chipping Norton. Sessions: $10 each. Bookings essential: Denis, 0403 389 321 or Annabelle, 0430 000 969.

Assyrian language classes: Assyrian Australian Association classes at Assyrian Diqlat School. Saturdays, 10am-1pm, Fairfield High School, Horsley Drive and St Johns Park High School, Mimosa Road. For 5 to adult. Khanna, secretary@assyrianaustralian.org.au or assyrianaustralian.org.au or 0417 555 002.

Liverpool Historical Society: Local history events for members. For $20 annual membership members can attend a meeting and then tour a historic building or location. Meetings are held the second Saturday of the month. Glen, 0403 107 496.

Ingleburn Social Tennis: Group wants to hear from anyone interested in having a game on Saturdays, 2pm-5pm. Marie, 4628 4947.

Meditation: Free sessions run by the Heartfulness Institute in the Silver Room at Liverpool library on Saturdays, 10am-11am. heartfulness.org.

Fairfield City Markets: Saturdays, 9am-4pm, Fairfield Showground covered area behind grandstands. More than 600 stalls, free entry and lots of parking. Goods range from clothing and toys to groceries and household items. Enter via Smithfield Road, Prairiewood. Stall availability: 9725 2333.

SUNDAYS

Community Bike Ride: First Sunday of the month, 9.30am-noon, free. Easy 25km ride along local bike paths. Meet at Western Sydney Cycling Network bike shed, Nalawala Hall, rear Fairfield showground (off Moonlight Road), Prairiewood. Must have roadworthy bike, obey all road rules, under-18s with an adult. Open: first Sunday of month 9am-noon, Wednesdays 9am-1.30pm, Thursdays 8.30am-9.30am. westernsydneycyclingnetwork.com.au or 0418 954 682.

Sydney Bazaar & Thrift Stall: Drop off unwanted items, collect your cash when sold. No commissions. Bring items in and add to the sale table. Once sold come in and collect your cash or they EFT you the money. Sundays from 8am, 1895 Camden Valley Way, Horningsea Park (Prestons). sydneybazaar.com.

MONDAYS

Parkinson's NSW Liverpool/Fairfield support group: Meets Monday, August 12, 10.30am, in Liverpool hospital's education centre. For people suffering with Parkinson's, their carers, relatives. All welcome. Warwick Brown, 9602 8231.

Liverpool U3A fun classes: University of the Third Age for over 50s. Annual membership $45 or $80 couples. Come and join our many different art and craft classes: Auslan, computers, creative writing, Euchre, French, Spanish, reading, smartphones and tablets, history, meditation, Rummikub, Tai-Chi, trivia, Yogalates, walking. Office open Monday to Friday, 10am-noon, at Dr Pirie Centre, corner Bigge and Moore streets. 9601 5574.

Self-defence Karate: At JEVC/Liverpool RSL Youth Karate Club (Isshin-Ryu Australia). Classes at Ashcroft High, for adults and juniors 5 and up. Mondays and Wednesdays 6pm-7.30pm, Saturdays 10am-11.30am. Affordable fees, no direct debit, credit cards or contracts. Free insurance for members up to 18. Danny Goding, 0401 470 480, isshinaust@hotmail.com, isshinryu.com.au.

Wellness 4 Women: Free cancer support for women who've had cancer or have a friend or family affected. Mondays (school terms), 10.30am-12.30pm. Also free Yoga, nutritious lunch, education, programs, resources for Vietnamese-speaking women at Fairfield Women's Health Service, Arthur West Hall (behind PCYC), McBurney Road, Cabramatta. swslhd-FarfieldWomensHealthService@health.nsw.gov.au, 9755 0008.

Active Girl: If you're 15 to 25 and female you're invited to join this free fitness program at Warwick Farm. No levels, no judgement, join any time. Each term there will be a different fitness activity. Mondays, 4pm-5.30pm, at 11 Gallop Street. Wear comfortable, flexible clothing and sports shoes. Bring a bottle of water and a smile.

Fitness training: Free outdoor fitness for residents of Stockland's Willowdale community in Denham Court are back. Stockland invites locals and visitors from the surrounding region to join in the Live Life Get Active program, 45-minute sessions of boxing, cross training, yoga. Participants can get handy information on health, nutrition. Classes Mondays to Thursdays, 6am-6.45am and Fridays, noon-12.45pm during school terms at Willowdale Park, Jamboree Avenue. livelifegetactive.com.

Learn Spanish: Amistad Latina Spanish School offers classes every Monday for children aged 5-15 at Fairfield High School, The Horsley Drive, 3.50pm-5.50pm. Sponsored by Federation of Community Languages and Department of Education. Daniel Bernal, 0417 426 881.

Fill your pantry: Anglicare Sydney, with St Johns Park Anglican Church, has a Mobile Community Pantry. Once a fortnight, a van drives to the church at 73 Edensor Park, St Johns Park, to distribute affordable fresh food to those who need to stretch their budget further. For a $10 contribution, people on a health care, immigration or pension card can take home more than $60 worth of pantry items. Shoppers can take home up to two large grocery bags of food.

Riparian restoration: Cumberland Council section of Prospect Creek has been recognised as having a high conservation significance due to its value as a wildlife corridor. Volunteers are needed to help out with the enhancement and protection of the endangered River Flat Eucalypt Forest ecological community. Maintaining and planting native vegetation, identifying and removing weeds, surveying flora and fauna, building habitats, monitoring water. Mondays, Tuesday and one Saturday a month 8.30am-2.30pm. Morning tea provided, bring your lunch. Registration: bookings.conservationvolunteers.org or westernsydney@conservationvolunteers.com.au or 4721 4625.

Stitch one, chat two: Calling crafty types. Take your needles, hooks, thread, wool, whatever it is you work with, and enjoy a social morning's stitch and chat with other creative folk. All skill levels welcome. Carnes Hill library, Mondays, 10am-noon; Miller library, Tuesdays, 10am-noon; Casula library, Thursdays, 10am-noon; Moorebank library, Fridays, 10am-noon; Green Valley library, Saturdays, 10am-11.45am. mylibrary.liverpool.nsw.gov.au.

Hatha Yoga: Flow-style classes from beginners to intermediate are now running Mondays and Thursdays, 7pm-8pm, at CORE Community Services, 41 Peel Street, Canley Heights. Increase flexibility, improve breathing, relieve stress, calm the mind, improve sleep, tone and strengthen your body. Cost: $5 (session). Bring a mat. Jason, 0411 255 881.

English classes: Free conversational classes on Mondays, 11.15am-12.15pm, at CORE Community Services, 41 Peel Street, Canley Heights. Julie, 9728 4973.

Lurnea Roses: Meet Mondays, 4pm-6.30pm, George Bates Hall, corner Hill and Wonga roads. Join a group that helps you with weight-loss. Weigh in and join in discussions about nutrition and tips on weight-loss. Joining fee $8, then $4 week. Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections, 9600 0600.

Pilates: Classes Mondays, 7pm-8pm and Wednesdays, 9am-10am, Community Action Services Australia, Brian Wunsch Centre, 126 Avoca Road, Wakeley, next to Fairfield Council building. Cost: $10 (conditions). Rossana, 0423 141 523.

Right Side of 50: At George Bates Hall, corner Hill and Wonga roads, Lurnea, on Mondays, 10am-1.30pm. Enjoy games, Bingo, guest speakers, monthly outings. Cost: $4 (week). Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections, 9600 0600.

Polish song'n'dance ensemble: Lajkonik invites children 5-12 with Polish connections to Polish folk singing and dancing at All Saints Parish Hall, George Street, Liverpool, on Mondays, 6.30pm-8pm. Qualified teachers ensure children love learning about their heritage and gain performance and language skills. Social, family atmosphere. First lesson free. Ursula, 0418 265 271.

TUESDAYS

Healthy Lifestyle Group: On Tuesdays (school terms) at Fairfield Women's Health Service, 9.45am-11.15am, at Arthur West Hall (behind PCYC), McBurney Road, Cabramatta. Health Education by dietitian. Includes a 30-minute group training. Bookings (essential): swslhd-FarfieldWomensHealthService@health.nsw.gov.au, 9755 0008.

Gentle Exercise Class: At Casula Community Centre on Tuesdays during school terms, noon-12.45pm. Cost: $5. Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections, 9600 0600.

Good-quality second-hand clothing: At affordable prices at the Clothes Box at Heckenberg Connections, Oliveri Hall, 1 Tantangara Street. Tuesdays and Fridays, 9.30am-12.30pm. Run by Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections. 9607 0077.

Heckenberg seniors' group: At Heckenberg Community Centre, Tuesdays, 10am-2pm. Run by Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections. 9600 0600.

Free Active Woman Group: At Fairfield Women's Health Service on Tuesdays 11am-12.30pm (school terms), in Arthur West Memorial Hall, McBurney Road, Cabramatta (behind PCYC). Improve health and wellbeing, stay active and healthy. Meet others for gentle exercise, social group, light refreshments. Bookings (essential): swslhd-FarfieldWomensHealthService@health.nsw.gov.au or Fairfield Women's Health Service, 9755 0008.

Kids' Karate: At Sadleir Scouts Hall, corner Celebration and Dundee Streets, Tuesdays, 6pm-7pm, from age 5. Cost: $10 (session). 0418 273 420.

Kids' Corner: At Heckenberg Connections, Oliveri Hall, 1 Tantangara Street, Tuesdays, 3.15pm-4.15pm for primary-schoolers. Afternoon of fun activities, including craft, reading, games, homework help. Free. 9607 0077.

Women's group: Those who enjoy social activities, listening to guest speakers and raising money for the Smith Family are invited to join the Moorebank VIEW Club, which meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 6.30pm at Moorebank Hotel. We have dinner at a cost of $27. Members also have catch-up mornings every other Wednesday at various venues. Dianne, 9730 3344.

Art group: Meets on Tuesdays, 10am-1pm, at Canley Heights RSL, 26 Humphries Road, Wakeley. Paint in oils, acrylics, water paints. Members bring their own canvas and paints. New members welcome. Cost: $2. Joan, 0410 437 566.

Free women's gym: And nutritional education sessions presented by Fairfield Women's Health Service on Tuesdays from 10.30am-noon during school terms at Arthur West Memorial Hall, McBurney Road, Cabramatta. Spaces limited. Registration essential. swslhd-FairfieldWomensHealthService@health.nsw.gov.au or 9755 0008.

Bricks club: Help your child's creativity with Liverpool library's Duplo Bricks Club. Free weekly program during school term provides all the Duplo your child will need to create and explore their ideas. Special themed sessions, guided by staff. Bookings not needed. Carnes Hill library, Casula library, Green Valley library, Miller Library and Moorebank Library on Tuesdays, 10.30am-11.30am, and Liverpool library on Thursdays, 10.30am-11.30am.

Book chat: Read great books and make friends when you join the book club at Liverpool library on the third Tuesday of each month, 1.30pm-2.30pm. Enjoy a lively discussion with fellow book lovers in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. The monthly schedule of books will include a mix of contemporary fiction, classics, biography, non-fiction.

Lurnea Playgroup: Games, activities, craft and music on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at George Bates Hall, corner Hill Road and Wonga roads, 9.30am-11.30am. For parents, carers and under-5s. Daily cost: $2 (child), $3 (family). Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections, 9600 0600.

Women's group: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Group at Bonnyrigg Community Centre, 1pm-3pm, the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. For women living in Fairfield. Activities include arts and craft and yarning. Free entry. Cathy, 0414 336 785 or Wendy, 0414 964 657.

WEDNESDAYS

Vietnamese Cultural Group: On Wednesdays, free support and information on women's health and wellbeing. Group activities for Vietnamese women in Fairfield. Morning tea, gentle exercise, meditation, relaxation and stress techniques, speakers. Host Lianne (Vietnamese speaking), 10am-11.30am at Fairfield Women's Health Service, Arthur West Hall (behind PCYC), McBurney Road, Cabramatta. swslhd-FarfieldWomensHealthService@health.nsw.gov.au, 9755 0008.

Slim and Trim: Want to live a healthier lifestyle? At Warwick Farm Neighbourhood Centre on Wednesdays, 9am-10.30am. Cost: $2. Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections, 9600 0600.

Gentle Exercise Class for Over 50s: At Warwick Farm Neighbourhood Centre on Wednesdays, 8.30am-9.30am. Helps with balance. Cost: $7. Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections, 9600 0600.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy clinic: Seven South-West public schools partnering to establish a school-based clinic to address kids' emotional and disruptive behaviour problems. Clinic offered free to kids and parents across Macarthur and Liverpool. pcitatschool@gmail.com.

Make movies: SouthWest Video Club Sydney meets on the first and second Wednesdays of the month, 7pm at St Joseph's Parish Hall, 45 Nuwarra Road, Moorebank. For anyone interested in making videos. Find out about the latest technologies available for cameras and editing software, network with other video enthusiasts, improve skills. southwestvideoclub.org.au.

Fairfield Anxiety Disorder Support Group: On the fourth Wednesday of each month from 7pm at Fairfield Community Centre. For people with anxiety disorders and their friends and family. For over 18s, not suitable for people with schizophrenia or PTSD. Rachel, 9339 6013 or supportgroups@wayahead.org.au

Heckenberg playgroup: On Wednesdays, 9.30am-11.30am, at Oliveri Hall, 1 Tantangara Street. Parents, carers, under-5s invited to attend to make friends and enjoy games, craft, music. Free. Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections, 9600 0600.

Men's Shed: New members sought for community-based non-profit organisation which provides a safe, friendly environment for men to work on meaningful projects. Members mostly retirees with time on their hands and a desire to do something for the community. Carpentry, wood-turning, computer work, metal fabrication, welding plus table games and other hobbies. At Liverpool Council's Rose Street Depot, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9am-1pm. Membership: $50 (year) plus $2 day for tea, coffee. Alvan Freeman, 0401 717 104 or John Jewel, 0404 466 060.

Yoga with Teresa: Improve your health and wellbeing and gain more energy at weekly yoga classes. Cost: $10. Classes Wednesdays 9.30am, Thursdays 7pm, Tuesdays 7pm at Cecil Hills Community Centre, Sandringham Drive. Bring mat, towel. Adcyoga.com.au or 0432 077 007 or Facebook (adcyogaforlife).

Fairfield City Camera Club: 7.30pm on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Share Care, 26 Green Valley Road, Heckenberg. Those interested in photography can join for regular lectures, competitions, workshops. Annual cost $50 (single), $60 (family). Belinda, 0412 552 726 or fairfieldcitycameraclub.com.au.

Tai-Chi: Wednesdays at Moorebank Community Centre, corner Nuwarra Road and Maddecks Avenue,11.30am-12.30pm. Enjoy gentle and relaxing exercise for any age. Qualified instructor. Cost: $7 (session). 9600 0600.

COMMUNITY

Hope House Pregnancy Crisis Help Centre: Help and support for women experiencing a crisis pregnancy and their partners and families. Information, resources, crisis accommodation, post-abortion counselling, material help. 0433 930 220, hopehousesydney@gmail.com, hopehouse.com.au.

Liverpool Charity Ball: Liverpool Council's annual charity ball tickets are on sale. It's back at the William Inglis Hotel on September 21. "The ball combines fine dining with live entertainment, dancing and fundraising fun," mayor Wendy Waller said. "Building on our long-time relationship with Japanese sister-city Toda, this year's ball is inspired by Tokyo." Tickets: liverpool.nsw.gov.au/charity-ball. Funds raised go to Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research. Sponsorship: Clara McGuirk, 8711 7624 or events@liverpool.nsw.gov.au (before August 30).

Westside Youth project: Youth program offering health and fitness, computer skills and cooking classes as well as homework and assignment help for ages 12-25 at Frank Oliveri Hall, 1 Tantangara Street, Heckenberg, Mondays-Thursdays, 3pm-5.30pm. Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections, 9600 0600.

Time-banking for volunteers: Are you community-minded and looking to be more involved in your area? Timebanking is a volunteering option. The community program allows the voluntary exchange of services between members. Melissa, LVRCcommunity@gmail.com or timebanking.com.au or 9601 6825.

NSW Justices: Liverpool branch has six community desks, Liverpool Court House, Liverpool Moorebank Casula and Green Valley libraries and Carnes Hill Shopping Centre. JPs available at these sites for witnessing signatures and certifying documents. Times on NSWJA website, nswja.org.au or 0418 232 224. Liverpool branch meets at Liverpool Catholic Club, 7pm, on the third Thursday of the month (to November).

Maltese Language School: Invites students of all ages to learn the language, culture and history of the Maltese Islands. Lessons Saturday mornings, Monday afternoons and evenings, Wednesday afternoons and evenings. malteselanguageschoolnsw@hotmail.com.

Casula Seniors Group: Bingo, trivia and monthly outings. Tea, coffee provided. Cost: $4 (week). Meet at Casula Community Centre, 10.30am-1pm at 39 Ingham Drive. Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections, 9600 0600.

Women's health: Appointments available for women's health nurse at the Well Woman's Clinic, 11 Gallop Street, Warwick Farm. Free confidential service includes PAP tests, breast checks, cardiovascular disease screening, pregnancy checks, postnatal checks, general women's health information. Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections, 9600 0600.

Volunteers needed: South-West Community Transport is a HACC-funded program providing community transport to the frail aged, younger people with disabilities and their carers in the Fairfield, Liverpool, Camden, Campbelltown and Wollondilly. The service needs volunteers to join the team as drivers, carers or administration assistants. Full training provided, expenses reimbursed. Swct.com.au or 9603 2106.

Family history: Liverpool Genealogy Society has a room at Liverpool Regional Museum, corner Hume Highway and Congressional Drive. Volunteers on hand to help residents start researching local, Australian and overseas family histories. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10.30am-3.30pm. 9822 8360.

Women's Health Centre: Liverpool Women's Health Centre hosts a range of activities and groups, including Tai-Chi for health, laughter club, strategies for good health, self-care matters, and healthy heart workshop. 9601 3555.

Volunteers sought: Karitane Linking Families is a volunteer service assisting local families a few hours a week through volunteer home visits. Training provided. Teresa or Bobbi, 9754 2655.

Cancer support: Cancer Council South-West Community Office seeks volunteers to provide support and information to cancer patients. Interview, two days training. Janice, 9354 2051.

Carer line: Free phone information and support service specifically for and about carers, providing access to information, emotional support and referrals to a range of services. 1800 242 636 (weekdays, 9am-5pm).

Walking group: Stockland walking group meets 8am in Stockland Wetherill Park food court on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 30-minute walks. Registration: Stockland Wetherill Park customer-care centre or 9609 7766.

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