Stitches Collection - The Story Behind It All

Common Groundz Community Café located in Lalor Park, is a not for profit social hub for the local community and a place of retreat and service for those in need.

Opened in 2008 as a direct response to growing social dislocation and disadvantage in Lalor Park, the Cafe, its staff and volunteers, committed to serving the needs of the local area by bridging community through engagements and events, and committing to projects and partnerships under its mission all while serving quality food and coffee.

Danielle RG a Lalor Park local knows how to bounce back from a personal struggle and through her latest art initiative, she hopes to help others do the same. The youth worker and artist with Creative Groundz Studio launched their Stitches Collection Therapy Dolls (Comfort Buddies) here at Workers Blacktown in June 2019, designed to help those with mental illness, trauma or social issues.

The meaning of the name Stitches it representative of that we are all broken and the team at Common Groundz aim to support those in need one stich at a time.

Through the development of these dolls we aim to gain partnerships with NSW Health and NSW Education Departments to develop a new outreach wellness program. Schools had Healthy Harold to teach kids about having healthy bodies, we would love Stitches Dolls to teach kids to have healthy minds and hearts. We also aim to develop a transition to work program that will be targeted to train up those with mental health or disability, who do not fit into mainstream working conditions. Yet with our program we can train and support further those in need with meaningful activity that has a community outcome.

Each doll is unique and has a positive slogan attached (be a buddy not a bully) as well as a character story card which can be used as a resource tool.” – Danielle RG

Since their opening in 2008, the Blacktown Workers Club Group has had the privilege to support and donate close to $170,000 to Danielle RG and the team at the Common Groundz, Creative Groundz Studio, the new community initiative of the Stitches Collection – Comfort Buddies and the amazing work that they do for our local community.