Operation Stitches is a non-profit community charity organisation registered as a Public Benevolent Institution that outreaches to Melbourne’s inner-city Public Housing estates with its mission of helping young people make right choices to bring about positive change. Its target are those who grow up within a low socio-economic family status and are disadvantaged by their environment on these inner-city housing estates with social marginalisation, suicide, drug abuse, family and racial violence surrounding their lives on a daily basis.
Operation Stitches is pro-active in preventing children become the drug pushers, gang members and criminals of tomorrow. It is impacting the future of these young lives by constantly presenting positive life choices through various exciting programs, skills and activities
Children are our future...this is our city...our kids!
Operation Stitches program imparts core community life values and skills such as respect for self and others; law and order; self-discipline; honesty; good manners; love of family; acceptance and forgiveness of others and honour of God and country. This is all under-pined with an anti-drug, anti- violence, anti-crime emphasis - presenting the difference between choices and the consequences of those choices while they are still young and impressionable
Operation Stitches creates a fun and positive environment that teaches and reinforces the children to say "No" to life binding activities while they are still young and capable to set their life course to bring about a positive result.
Operation Stitches presents children with various activities to engage with throughout the year. These include weekly tutoring, kids club and and various community events
Operation Stitches also reaches out to the disadvantaged parents of these children who are often dealing with many personal challenges of their own. Often these parents desperately want to help their children more, but lack the literacy and education skills due to English being their second language. Our aim is to help and encourage the disadvantaged to face their future with hope and with purpose by assisting with any practical means available
Your support is important
Operation Stitches exists because of people like you. Help us make an impact on the precious lives of these children and their families. As a registered charity (Ref: 900 420 655), all gifts of AU$2.00 and over are 100% tax deductible. Please refer to the Australian Taxation Office for rulings on giving.
Ways to donate to Operation Stitches:
Account name: Operation Stitches
BSB: 063 210
Account number: 1011 0470
Bank: Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Operation Stitches team is led by founders & directors Patrick & Chris Templeton The other team members comprise of young volunteers who love kids and have a heart to make a difference with the Collingwood community, often disadvantaged by life's struggles and the environment they live in
If you are interested in being part of the answer then please contact us through this web site
Operation Stitches touches the lives of Melbourne's inner-city public housing community. There are hundreds of beautiful families residing on these housing estates who receive very little help besides affordable housing. Many live in cramp conditions with large families in need of an outlet for their children to attend free out of school social services for them to grow and achieve in life. Many parents come from poor academic backgrounds which often limit them in coaching their children educationally themselves. Others have other personal struggles and in need of practical assistance a and encouragement
Operation Stitches reaches out to these families to assist by offering free educational coaching and recreational outlet for their children
Operation Stitches has been serving the local community for more than 21 years, giving us an understanding of their needs and gaining their respect
Operation Stitches was initially based in Richmond where many out of school life skill workshops and tutoring programs were held along with storage for various jumping castles and outdoor amusements used in community outreaches to Melbourne's public housing estate parks. This was a platform for community social inclusion and a voice for our underpinning message of "kids making positive life choices".
Operation Stitches was reformed in early 2017 focusing full time to Collingwood public housing estate's children and families whom we had formed a strong bond with over the previous years. These young people are given continual mentoring by dedicated team members through academic tuition and the value of making positive life choices while they are still young
Operation Stitches was given Harmsworth Hall by DHS as a new office base where operate our programs to the Collingwood public housing community
We continue to grow as team members join our cause and finances are received
THIS IS OUR CITY - THESE ARE OUR KIDS!
We can't wait to hear from you
31 Harmsworth Street
Mail: 3 Cranbrook Court
Doncaster VIC 3108
Phone 0415 950 115