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Australia : Puddle Jumpers set to leap into new home.

The future of grassroots child welfare group Puddle Jumpers is looking brighter with a new home identified for the Forestville-based child welfare group. Le Cornu had generously donated a house for Puddle Jumpers for five years, but with the furniture retailer closing down, Puddle Jumpers faced possible closure.

A vacant Department for Child Protection building at Glandore has now been identified as a likely new location. The Glandore building has 12 rooms, two group bathrooms, a large storage shed, large car park and secure open spaces. Negotiations are now underway to finalise the legal and policy framework to allow Puddle Jumpers to take up rental residency of the building at a peppercorn rent.


Puddle Jumpers boasts up to 300 community volunteers and supports up to 1000 children and relatives including many grandparents who have kinship care of their grandchildren. Puddle Jumpers also runs weekly food nights with up to 150 people taking advantage of donated food, drink and groceries.

Quotes from Education and Child Development Minister Susan Close

Puddle Jumpers is providing an amazing service to children and families across metropolitan Adelaide and it makes sense that we would recognise their generosity by assisting them in their hour of need.

Among its many initiatives, the volunteer group organises coastal camps for children whove experienced tough times to relax with kids whove had similar experiences. These camps also provide respite for parents and grandparents.

When the State Government heard about the groups difficulties, we proposed that a former residential care facility might provide a viable option for them. Puddle Jumpers are lucky to have a great local advocate in Labor Candidate for Badcoe Jayne Stinson who has worked with them to find a solution that meets their needs now and into the future.

Quotes from Labor Candidate for Badcoe Jayne Stinson

Im thrilled Puddle Jumpers, and the children and families they support, finally have some relief after a very stressful time. Theyre a remarkable bunch of volunteers whove harnessed the support of the community and local businesses to provide better lives for our littlest citizens.

Puddle Jumpers deserve our encouragement and this is one way Labor is showing how grateful we are for the grassroots role they play in child protection. Being a great local advocate is about listening and strongly arguing the case for local people. Im delighted to have played a part in helping Puddle Jumpers enjoy a brighter future - right here in the seat of Badcoe.

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Date:Jun 14, 2017
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