Who we are
About Puddle Jumpers
Puddle Jumpers Inc (PJs) is a non-profit, non-government organization committed to responding to the social development needs of society’s most vulnerable children and young people; priority of our work is reserved for children who do not live with their birth parents.
We believe all kids matter and deserve the right to engage in happy and fun experiences in their life.
Puddle Jumpers Inc commenced in May 2012, the first camp service ran in December 2012, a second camp and an activity day event was held in April 2013. Melanie Tate (Our CEO & Founder) devoted her time to the charity set up in a volunteer capacity to ensure children in need receive the services that they deserve.
In extension of those services, in February 2016, the first free food night was held at the original Puddle Jumpers premises in Forestville. Free Food Nights are still being held today at our current premises in Glandore to ensure that disadvantaged families and children are receiving the basic necessities that all of us deserve.
Jump over puddles
We aim to empower children to recognize and express their individual abilities, interests, and talents, and to provide each child and young person with a transformative opportunity to grow and develop their own capacities and competencies. We aim to build resilience in kids to enable them to believe in themselves, to believe that anything is possible and help them ‘jump over puddles’ that they have in their own lives.
Jump in all the puddles
We aim to enhance community cohesion, promote social inclusion, and encourage respect and tolerance for social diversity. We aim to provide opportunities for self-challenge and development and facilitate opportunities for new learning in a fun and safe atmosphere. We aim to share the happiness and adventure of being children and young people, and simply encourage kids to be kids, to ‘jump in all the puddles.