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Connecting Up Australia (formerly CISA) provides community services and events information and is a national voice for the  nonprofit sector on information and communications technology (ICT) issues.


Joining a group or a club or taking up a hobby can connect you to your community. When we are more connected mental and physical health is improved.

Local Community Centres and Neighbourhood Houses offer a range of education and recreation programs

Box Factory Community Centre
59 Regent St South, Adelaide, SA 5000
Tel. 8203 7749
Mon - Fri 4pm - 9pm, Sat 10am - 3pm

Burnside Community Centre
401 Greenhill Road Tusmore
Tel. 8366 4233
Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm

Camden Community Centre Inc.
7 Carlisle St, Camden Park 5038
Tel. 8376 0022
Tues, Thurs 10am – 2pm

Cooinda Neighbourhood Centre
Corner Sturt and Diagonal Rd, Sturt, SA 5047
Tel. 8375 6703
Mon - Fri 9am - 4pm

Milang Old School House Community Centre
28 D'Aranda Tce, Milang, SA 5256
Tel. 8537 0687
Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm

Tailem Bend Community Centre
141 Railway Tce, Tailem Bend, SA 5260
Tel. 8572 3513
Tues - Fri 8.30am - 5pm

There are many more - you can find them on and at Community and Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association

SAcommunity also has the details of a range of clubs and groups. Whether you want to take up knitting (popular with celebrities Tori Spelling and Sarah Jessica Parker, and considered by many to be the “new Yoga”), bushwalking or join a book group, you can find details on SAcommunity.

ARPA Bushwalkers
Level 5, 23 Leigh St, Adelaide, SA 5000
Tel. 8398 3717

Gawler Craft and Leisure Group
Gawler Community Health Service
21 Hutchinson Rd, Gawler East, SA 5118
Tel. 8521 2080
Fri 9am - 12.30pm

Knitting Circle
Reedbeds Community Centre, 19 Fitch Rd, Fulham, SA 5024
Tel. 8235 1644
Thursday 11am - 12noon

Mount Gambier Book Club
Tel. 08 8725 2537
Last Mon monthly 7pm


Celebrating the special people behind the 600,000+ nonprofit organisations in Australia can be pretty amazing. That's why in honour of continuous improvement of management support in nonprofits, Matrix on Board is hosting the Finance, Administration, and Back Office (FABO) Awards 2010.

Read more about the FABO Awards on the Connecting Up’s Blog and how you can nominate someone from your favourite nonprofit organisation. Connecting Up Australia is sponsoring this year's "Employer of the Year" Award.


Making Links is a conference that seeks to engage interested people, organisations and groups working at the intersection of social action and IT – including community workers, educators, trainers, not-for-profit organisations, people who work with marginalised groups, activists and researchers.

It’s not too late to submit an abstract for presentation at Making Links 2010. The submission closing date has been extended to close of business, Monday 16 August.

The 2010 conference will be held at State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis Street, Perth on November 15-17


Caring for our Country Community Action Grants 2010-11 are now open. Community Action Grants are the small grants component of the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country initiative that aims to help community groups take action to conserve and protect their natural environment. Applications close at 5pm (AEST) on 31 August 2010.

YouthFM is turning 5. The radio show – produced by and for young people – is on 93.7fm each Thursday between 4 and 5 pm

Come and join in on Sunday 15 August 2010 for the fifth national Walk Against Warming, Australia's largest day of community action for the environment. This year's Victoria Square rally also serves as a launching pad for the Great Neighbourhood Walk.

The Payneham Youth Centre Cooee Club is the oldest running gymnastics club in South Australia. The club is currently seeking level 1 coaches and volunteers to assist setting up and packing up each week. Contact the club on 8336 5338 on Wednesday or Thursday between 7 – 8.15pm if you can assist.

Mental Illness Fellowship SA and Our Wellbeing Place are holding a series of mental health education sessions during 2010 at Our Wellbeing Place, 108 Swanport Road, Murray Bridge. For more details contact Ann Marie on 8532 3470.

A-Z Acronyms SA 2010 is now available, a free downloadable list of acronyms that are used frequently in the community sector. Provided by Connecting Up Australia!


SAcommunity is Connecting Up Australia’s comprehensive South Australian community services database that helps people find information about services and opportunities to participate in the community. Please help us to keep your details current – visit and check your organisation’s information. If any changes are needed please email us –


This month’s recipe is from Community Kitchens. If you would like to submit a recipe for a future edition of SAcommunity news please email it to us at

Scrumptious Burgers
An inexpensive recipe, surprisingly popular with blokes and teenagers!


  • 375 gram can of lentils, drained
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup of breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup of plain wholemeal flour
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon of sweet chilli/ tomato sauce
  • Oil for frying


  1. Mix all the ingredients (expect the oil) very well.
  2. With floured hands form into burgers. It is optional to refrigerate these for 30 minutes.
  3. Heat a little oil in pan and cook burgers for about 3 minutes on each side, using more oil for the next batch.

Makes 8
These burgers are really tasty and the lentils are an inexpensive alternative to minced meat. They are lower in fat and more nutritious that regular burgers


Ask yourself or someone else ‘Why do you do what you do’ - find out the story behind cosmetics
- Another great video from The Story of Stuff Project

Op Shopper's Guide to Adelaide map and blog

The Good Human Don’t blow it…good planets are hard to find


29 June - 17 August 2010 FilmLab Low Budget Screening Program. See an exciting and diverse line up of micro to low budget feature dramas, documentaries and animation from around the globe, FREE every Tuesday night this Winter at the Mercury Cinema

8 July – 13 August 2010 Being In India, exhibition of images and words by Stephen House at Nexus Multicultural Arts

30 July – 22 August 2010 SALA Festival celebrating visual arts

5-6 August 2010 South Australian Council of Social Service Conference

10 – 12 August 2010 Eyre Peninsula Field Days and Eyre Peninsula Farmers Market for more inofmration contact Nerida Schuster Tel. 0419 295 780 or

14 – 22 August 2010 National Science Week including Science Alive! is one of the premier science events in SA. This huge FREE community event will be held on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8h August 2010 in the huge Goyder Pavilion of the Adelaide Showgrounds at Wayville.

21 – 22 August 2010 Kadina 140th Annual Show A traditional show, it is family orientated with fun for everyone on both days of the show from 10am

28 August 2010 Autism SA and Parents Assisting Kids with Autism (PAKA) Lilac Dinner Dance at Fogolar Furlan, 69 Briar Rd Felixstow, to raise funds for PAKA Musika, a music and movement program for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Tickets are $75 all inclusive.

1 September 2010 6 – 7.30 pm Thinking Critically About Sustainable Energy at the Science Exchange. The event is free but bookings are essential. Part of a series of public forums aimed at providing a comprehensive examination of sustainable energy technologies and critical evaluation of their potential for reducing carbon emissions. Come along, hear what the experts think and ask your own questions about how solar and wind power might fit into a sustainable future


DonorTec is a program run by Connecting Up Australia. It provides donated and discounted technology products and services from companies such as Microsoft, Symantec, Sophos and Cisco to eligible income tax exempt (ITE) Australian nonprofit groups. Via this program nonprofits can access the latest technology via donations or generous discounts.

Connecting Up Australia closed the Eventspool service on 30 June 2010

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The Directory of Community Services 2010 is now available. It costs $39.95 +$10 postage and handling. You can purchase from any Service SA outlet or by telephone on 13 2324.

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