Whenever I go along to a group, especially if it’s one I haven’t been to before, I get a little nervous. Who is going to be there? Will people be friendly?

I recently went along to a Come Out Australia group. Some of you may have been before. Come Out used to be known as CBD (Canterbury-Bankstown District) then Rebellion. Although it’s been called many names, it’s as welcoming and friendly as it’s always been.

Right from the beginning I was made welcome and was introduced to people I had never met. It was great because I wasn’t the only new one there. I spoke to two great gentlemen and learned about their fantastic lawn bowls group, Unbiased Bowling. I was then introduced to the other members of the group, all of whom made me feel very welcome.

Come Out is primarily a social group that meets regularly during the year, usually once a month, in different locations throughout NSW. Activities might include going out for dinner, a few drinks or a good old-fashioned BBQ and general catch-up.

If you are looking for something that doesn’t revolve around pubs and clubs, then this is the perfect thing.
This year they’ll be walking in the Mardi Gras parade, working on a film and drama project, and training people to set up other groups around NSW.

There are groups in Penrith, Burwood, Epping, southern Sydney and Parkes. If you would like more information about Come Out Australia, visit their website at www.comeoutaustralia.org or call Alex Day on 0439 730 414.

info: For information about groups, services, organisations or community events in western Sydney, contact Matt Vaughan at ACON on 9206 2064 or [email protected]

Matt Vaughan is the community development and liaison officer for the ACON Western Sydney Community Development Team.

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