About Us

Community Services #1 provides emotional and practical support to over 2,000 children, women and men every year.

Our programs and services across Canberra include early childhood services (child care), transport services, social support groups, Food Pantry, housing support, Mixed Bag singing group, Paint & Play – playgroup and aged and health care services.

Established in 1987 (formerly known as Southside Community Services), CS#1 works in accordance with its purpose and mission: connecting people to enrich lives by providing services that enhance quality of life. Our breadth of programs is supported by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers.

The principle objectives of Community Services #1, for which it was established, are to advance social or public welfare so that:

  1. individuals and families are relieved of poverty, distress or disadvantage
  2. people are supported and protected across the whole of life
  3. people are supported to build and achieve goals for their future
  4. individuals, communities and stakeholders are engaged to create connections and opportunities for people to undertake meaningful roles
  5. resilient communities are built.

Our services include:

  • Six early childhood education and care centres
  • Out of School Hours Care Mawson and Throsby opening January 2022.
  • Family and Individual Support
  • Assistance with Care and Housing
  • Community mini-bus service
  • Special care transport
  • Community Development
  • Home and Community Care
  • Care and package Management
  • Centre–based Activities for Home and Community Care Clients
  • Regional Assessment Service
  • Health Promotion
  • Venue hire

ACNC Registered Charity Tick

We are a proud founding member of the Children First Alliance which launched on Friday 22 September 2017. The ACT Children First Alliance is a network of longstanding not-for-profit providers of children’s services in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), including early learning centres, family day care, preschool and after school care. Together we operate 46 Early Learning Centres (ELCs) with 3,543 places. The Alliance was established to develop and communicate a shared vision for early childhood education and care (ECEC) in the ACT and to ensure that all children have access to ECEC.

Corporate sponsors

Community Services #1 are incredibly grateful for the monetary and in-kind donation from these organisations as our Sponsorship Partners. Please support these fantastic businesses when you can:

Community supporters


Corporate supporters

If you are interested in supporting our work, please contact reception@communityservices1.org for more information.