Our winter newsletter cover features the smiling faces of two Cottage Mentor participants at Mt Buller last year. This edition features stories on first-year REEFies from the Colac region who we welcomed back to Cottage at Queenscliff, as well as second-year REEFies who attended their first offsite camp in the Otways. Within our winter newsletter […]
Our Summer newsletter features stories and pictures of some our recent programs including Moulamein and Mt Buller for our Mentors. Other program stories featured are on the David Wells and Western English Language Schools Take a Break programs. The front cover of the newsletter is a joyful picture of the Mallee children from the David […]
When we welcomed our Mentors back on site for the first time this year, it was time for them to work together to achieve more. This plan of action started from the moment they walked in. They helped by taking the bags off the trailer, setting up beds and in the preparation and serving of […]
Through another challenging year, we are delighted that we could mobilise quickly to host children on site at every opportunity. When it was not safe to hold camps, our innovative team implemented ‘off-site day camps’ which took Cottage programs to the children.
Through most of the year, we take groups of children on fishing charters. The children rise early, before dawn and head down to Queenscliff Harbour in the Cottage bus. The generously donated hand knitted scarves, beanies and gloves areparticularly welcome in the cool mornings.
In the second week of November, we welcomed children back to the Cottage after a seven month closure due to the pandemic. Happiness was indescribable. Our Programs Team and all staff were delighted to see and hear cheerful children enjoying the Cottage experience again.
It seems almost superfluous to say that 2020 has been a challenging year so far. Without even a chance to recover from horrendous bushfires that swept through Victoria and NSW over the summer months; we have since been overtaken by the unprecedented pandemic of COVID-19. Responding to the pandemic by keeping our people healthy and […]
We had a mission for our rock pool ramble today! The mission was to find as many Sponge Bob Square Pants characters as we possibly could. The children were super excited to take on this task and finding the first character “Mr Krabs” was quite easy! Before we even made it out to the rock […]
This year we welcomed a new group of REEF participants from Bendigo who will have the opportunity to develop their potential throughout their time at the Cottage. Beginning in Grade Six, our REEF program gives young people from disadvantaged backgrounds opportunities to raise their skills, confidence and expectations. Attending camps both at Cottage and offsite […]
There are particular camps that standout for our young people and the Moulamein camp is just one. Situated in New South Wales along the Edward River, Moulamein is a small rural town where our friends and longtime donors, the Anderson family (owners of APCO Service Station), own a large property and let us, with their […]