Children Charities Melbourne


Cottage by the Sea is one of the most genuine childrens charities. We offer four types of camp programs, ranging from once-off camps (Take a Break) to ongoing support programs (REEF and Mentor). Your donations to Cottage by the Sea, one of the oldest Australian children’s charity, are vital to keeping these programs running each year. Our vision is that every child deserves a happy and a healthy life.

We offer children and young people Inspiration, Fun and Opportunity through diverse programs offered in a wide range of environments. During their camp experience, we provide opportunities for building positive relationships with peers and adult role models to help participants learn and grow. Whatever the program, Take a Break, REEF or Mentor, participants are encouraged to have fun, take risks and explore options in a safe and supportive setting. We seek to assist young people to develop self-awareness, confidence and resilience, inspiring them to remain engaged in education, family and their community and to achieve their goals.

Our programs emphasise co-operation and respect and encourage young people to be healthy, active, happy and secure. Participants are given the opportunity to engage in a range of leadership and outreach programs in a positive, friendly, healthy, seaside environment. Cottage by the Sea offers a number of camp programs, ranging from once-off camps to ongoing support, engagement and leadership programs.

Take a Break

The Take a Break program covers our mainstream weekly Cottage camps. The program emphasises co-operation and respect and encourages children to be healthy, active, happy and secure. This program also includes relief camps offered to children from areas affected by disasters such as bushfires and floods, as well as Refugee families.

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