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Making the most of opportunities at Cottage by the Sea

“The Cottage has done a lot for me with my education and everyday life.” Bailey is a Cottage Alumni participant who has journeyed through seven years at Cottage by the Sea on the REEF and Mentor programs. He was part of the 2017 REEF intake from a primary school in Ballarat and has attended 30 […]

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A passion for helping children

Charles “Paddy” Humphries came to Australia as an orphaned young boy. Having overcome challenging obstacles as a child, Paddy has developed a passion for helping children. We were thrilled to have Paddy visit us at Cottage for a cuppa and a tour. We were equally as delighted to go through Paddy’s impressive coin collection with […]

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Boogie-boarding fun at Cottage Beach

The children from St Leonards Primary School on this week’s Take a Break program are no strangers to the beach. Living on the coast, they were all very familiar with the water and beach safety. The children shared stories of the school teaching them to snorkel among the St Leonards Pier – how cool is […]

Events

Cottage by the Sea Winter Warmers Breakfast 2024

This morning, Cottage by the Sea hosted its Winter Warmers Breakfast at GMHBA Stadium. There was a great buzz in the room as guests learned more about Cottage and the Winter Warmers fundraising campaign, along with wellbeing insights from guest speaker Paul Taylor. Cottage by the Sea Ambassador Ian Cover OAM hosted the event. He […]

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Bellarine Branch “Music by the Lake” event

Cottage by the Sea’s Bellarine Branch ran a “Music by the Lake” fundraiser on April 28 at Connewarre Wetland Centre. The autumn sun was shining as Gary & Jenny Jones and friends played some great tunes. Guests enjoyed homemade biscuits, raffles and a sausage sizzle with “BBQ King” Bill Kerr while listening to the music […]

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Learning about decorator crabs on Take a Break

This week’s Take a Break program from the Colac area focused on marine life, with a theme of learning about the different marine life in our local waters. This young boy Lachie took a liking to the decorator crab for a number of reasons. Firstly, because the crab’s hair looked just like his own! Then, […]

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Cottage by the Sea’s longstanding community partnership with Port Phillip Sea Pilots

Cottage by the Sea (CBTS) is very proud of its longstanding community partnership with Port Phillip Sea Pilots (PPSP), an organisation that has been operating since 1839 – not far off 200 years. In addition to collaborating with us on community events, such as last year’s Melbourne Cup Tour of Queenscliff, PPSP also supports CBTS […]

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Bentley’s adventure on Take a Break

On this week’s Take a Break program at Cottage by the Sea, we had children from Yuille Park Primary School. One of the main highlights was having their Golden Retriever Therapy Assistance Dog Bentley come on the program too. He’s a beautiful dog who loved all the cuddles and pats. Every child was so gentle […]

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Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Providing Cottage by the Sea staff with the knowledge, experience and training to best support visiting children is one of our top priorities. This ensures that our Programs Team is best equipped to deal with the daily challenges that working in this field presents. This week, the Cottage Team completed Youth Mental Health First Aid […]

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Marine biology cruise on Take a Break

This week, the Take a Break group from a primary school in Hoppers Crossing all participated in a marine biology cruise with our friends from the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre. This was the first of many cruises to come in the near future. Everyone was excited to see what the biology cruise was about. […]

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The impact of Cottage by the Sea

We are very proud of the lasting impact of our work at Cottage by the Sea. Here is some data that outlines the impact we’ve had over the past 35 years, as well as some of the things we offer to visiting children and staff each year.

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First Aid Training for our Mentors

Our Year 9 Mentor program participants get the opportunity to learn valuable life skills while gaining an important qualification. Every year, we have Wilderness First Aid Australia come and put our Mentors through their paces by teaching them first aid and CPR. The course is very informative but also very fun, with lots of different […]

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Scholarship update: supporting a passion for ballet

“Thank you so much CBTS – for all you do for the Mentors and their passions.” Our Programs Team has been busy offering new opportunities to young people through our scholarship program. The team recently received a letter of thanks from one of our Mentor participants, Annabella. She applied for a scholarship in late 2023 […]

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Queenscliff Branch “High Tea with Heidi” event

On April 8, our Queenscliff Branch hosted their “High Tea with Heidi” event at Cottage by the Sea. Guests sat in the dining room overlooking a rainy day out at sea and enjoyed a delicious array of sweet and savoury delights, including Cottage’s famous scones. Queenscliff Branch President Robyn welcomed everyone to the event. Andrew […]

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Everyday moments make a difference

If we don’t take the time to stop and witness everyday moments, we miss the opportunity to appreciate the joy found in these experiences. A new artwork featuring Cottage by the Sea highlights the impact of being mindful.   Supported by Anthony Costa Foundation, the “Everyday Moments Make a Difference”illustration by local artist and illustrator […]

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We spotted a seal on Take a Break!

It was an exciting rock-pooling session this week on the Take a Break program. Not because of what the program participants found under the rocks, but because of what they saw on the rocks. At first, one of the children thought they could see a big rock moving – but that couldn’t be possible, so […]

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Old Mentors hike to “The Pinnacle”

On the first night of camp during this offsite adventure to the Grampians with our Old Mentor participants, we all opened up to share a challenge that we’ve faced this year. Most of the topics were based around challenges at school and starting VCE exams, as well as how we cope and overcome these challenges. […]