About Stitches Collection®
WHO WE ARE and WHAT WE DO!
Learn all about our exciting new programs .
Stitches Collection 2
Meet Sonny and Sindy Sunset
Here to be hugged and loved
Stitches Collection® are a unique series of trademarked therapy dolls designed and made in Australia through the Creative Groundz Studio program.
The dolls are made by our amazing, diverse crew, including those with disabilities and mental health, to encourage dialogue with kids, their workers, and the general community on health, social, and mental health issues.
The Stitches Collection® designs have been used by DanielleRG, lead artist of Creative Groundz Studio and Western Sydney community artist, in her youth and community engagement projects since 2010. Building on techniques taught to children to design characters, the Stitches Collection® have been brought to life in the community from the community.
The first Collection of 18 dolls was publicly launched in June 2019 in Blacktown, Western Sydney. As a not-for-profit community initiative, part of the proceeds of all Stitches Collection® dolls support the delivery of community projects in Lalor Park under Creative Groundz Studio and Common Groundz Community Cafe (see 'Our Community' below).
With each doll representing its own vulnerability story, each Stitches Collection® character are looking for a friend to love and hug.
About Our Community
At the heart of what we do is a commitment to projects and partnerships that serve our local community of Lalor Park. Stitches Collection® is one such partnership project.
Our vision is for a thriving community, one characterised by hope and support, inclusion and well-being for all members. It is through our two core initiatives - Creative Groundz Studio and Common Groundz Community Cafe - and by working together with our community that we work to achieve this vision.
Creative Groundz Studio
Established in March 2015, Creative Groundz Studio has established itself as an invaluable drop-in for the community of Lalor Park. Offering social connection for those at risk of social isolation, creative exploration through its meaningful daily activities, and community building through its outreach events, the Groundz Crew of Creative Groundz Studio are here to serve.
Common Groundz Community Cafe
Opened in October 2008, Common Groundz quickly became the Hub of Lalor Park as it worked to build and support the community by helping those in need and bringing people together. Offering a solution to the growing social dislocation and isolation affecting Lalor Park, Common Groundz provides not just quality food and coffee, but also a place to belong, conversation and connection, chaplaincy, ministry and so much more. It is much more than a cafe and the Groundz Crew of Common Groundz are here to serve.