Our Headquarters at Anderson Road Community Centre in Forresfield WA, will no longer open on  Mondays.
From Tuesday 25th April, 2023 opening times are:

Tuesdays 1pm – 3pm

Fridays 10am – 2pm

To contact  us please use the Contact Us button on the top right of this page.

Temporary Changes to Opening Hours

Anderson Road Community Centre,
24 Anderson Road Forrestfield WA
Open Hours
If you are planning a visit to our Headquarters in Forrestfield, please note temporary changes to our session times below:
Monday 3rd April, 2023 1pm – 2pm (early closure from usual 3pm time).
Monday 17th April 2023 CLOSED.

Opening Hours 2021

Opening hours for our headquarters Anderson Road Community Centre, 24 Anderson Road Forrestfield are:

Mondays 1pm – 3pm commencing Monday 8th February 2021. Public Holidays Excluded.

Fridays 10:00am – 2:00pm commencing Friday 26th February 2021.

End of Year Open Hours for Headquarters, Anderson Road Community Centre Forrestfield WA

As we approach the end of the year there are a few dates to note for visitors to our Anderson Road Centre in Forrestfield.
Monday 23rd, November 1pm – 3pm.
Friday 27th November 10am – 2pm.
Monday 30th November 1pm – 3pm,
Friday 4th December 10am – 2pm is LAST DAY FOR DROPPING OFF ITEMS – dolls or materials.
After 4th December please hold on to your dolls or other donations until we reopen in February 2021.  Opening date will be posted here when confirmed.


Hi Everyone
Well, all the dolls are packed and ready to go. I’m sure you’ll be thrilled to know that your efforts have contributed to a total of 96 bags containing
4309 dolls
236 sewing kits
387 balls
210 African animals
300 assorted toys, puppets and rattles.
Everyone deserves a pat on the back and many many thanks for having produced such a treasure trove for the children in KZN.
You are all very special and much appreciated.
Keep up the great work. 

Temporary Closure

Our centre at 24 Anderson Road Forrestfield (Anderson Road Community Centre) will be closed on Friday 25th September 2020.  Normal opening times for Friday 10:00am to  2:00pm will resume the following week Friday 2nd October 2020


To celebrate the reopening of our Headquarters in the Anderson Road Community Centre, Forrestfield, we are offering for a limited time only, our book “100 dolls Countless Hearts for the children of KwaZulu Natal for the very special price of just $5  (PICK UP ONLY and CASH ONLY) from 24 Anderson Road Forrestfield WA

Open for sales Fridays 10 am – 2pm

Next Shipment from Western Australia

Our next shipment of dolls to KwaZulu Natal, the first we have been able to send since December 2019 is now scheduled!

To be included in this shipment completed dolls need to be received at our Headquarters, Anderson Road Community Centre, 24 Anderson Road, Forrestfield WA on or before Monday 21st September, 2020.

Dolls can be delivered to the Anderson Road Centre on Mondays 1pm – 3pm or Fridays 10am – 2pm. 

Dolls may also be posted to our postal address:  PO Box 118 Forrestfield WA 6058.  


Anderson Road Opening Hours

We are pleased to advise that our Headquarters in the Anderson Road Community Centre, 24 Anderson Road Forrestfield, Western Australia, is open again!

Opening hours are: Monday 1:00pm – 3:00pm (Closed on public holidays).

                                    Friday   10:00am – 2:00pm.

COVID-19 procedures are in place including a 10 person limit in the main meeting room.



Bunbury WA 2020

Uthando Project would like to thank Deborah Campbell, who after eight years of co-ordinating the wonderful dollmakers group in Bunbury WA, is moving on to other local community art works. Deb’s tireless commitment to making dolls, recruiting and sharing your skills with others and managing fundraising events has ensured that hundreds of children in KwaZulu Natal have been able to receive a doll of their own. We will miss her visits to our Perth cente, her car packed to the rafters with bags of dolls ready for shipment. Will be looking out for you Deb, at Bunbury art events, especially Tree Street Safari!

Covid 19

In line with current community efforts being made to reduce the risk of Corona virus spread,  Headquarters at Anderson Road Community Centre in Forrestfield WA will be closed, until further notice.  
We ask that you keep any completed dolls you have made until we are able to reopen.

Dollmaking activities at CWA, Albany WA: Multicultural Centre, Fremantle WA: Sorrento WA, and  Cygnet Tasmania have also been suspended.

2019 Festive Season

Uthando Project thanks all our supporters for their commitment and dedication to ensuring more children in KZN can receive a doll. We wish you all a happy and safe festive season and look forward to seeing you again in 2020.
Our headquarters at Anderson Road Community Centre, Forrestfield WA will close Friday 13th December to reopen on Monday February 3rd, 2020 1:30pm to 4pm.


Please note that the postal address for Uthando Project has changed.
Uthando Project now has it’s very own postal box address: Please send all items to us at: Uthando Project, PO Box 118 FORRESTFIELD WA 6058

WA Craft Show 2019 Claremont Showgrounds August 2nd,3rd and 4th


Uthando Project will again be at the WA Craft Fair at Claremont Showgrounds this year. The Craft Fair has combined with the WA Woodwork Fair to bring patrons a huge range of stalls and displays over three days for one ticket price. Follow link for details and to purchase tickets early. Come and visit the Uthando Project stall to talk to our supporters and check out the range of beautifully crafted items we will have for sale. Or sponsor a doll and include a note to the child who will receive it.  All proceeds raised contribute to costs of freighting dolls to the children of KwaZulu Natal

Shipping Time!

‘It’s that time of year again. We have thousands more dolls ready for shipment to South Africa later this month and we appreciate any donations that help towards the cost of the freight. Each doll costs about $1.50 to send so a donation of $15 will help send 10 dolls. $100 will ship a whole bag of dolls. Any amount is always appreciated and helps spread the joy of Uthando dolls. Help light up a life! Don’t forget EOFY and all donations are tax deductible!’

Mothers Day 2019

With Mothers’ Day approaching, please consider making a donation in honour of your Mother.
Help us send the next shipment of dolls to vulnerable children in KwaZulu Natal. 
Donations over $2.00 are tax deductible.  Donations can be made through PayPal or Credit Card by scrolling down to the Donate button below.  Alternatively payments can be made by cheque posted to: The Treasurer. Uthando Project Inc, P.O.Box 118 Forrestfield WA 6058.  

Albany 2018

Albany Group invited dollmakers to join them for a fun weekend gathering. Never enough time for photos. Many thanks to Laura from CWA holiday units, staff at the Museum of the Great Southern – Albany, Trish and Chris everyone else for helping out.

Donations to Uthando Project are now Tax Deductible

We are delighted to announce that Uthando Project has been granted DGR status (Deductible Gift Recipient) in Australia, with all donations over $2 being tax deductible.

Donations can be made by  cheque, via Paypal or through our ANZ Bank Account (more details here), with new credit card functionality for both one-off and ongoing donations COMING SOON!

We are deeply grateful for your ongoing generosity and support of our valuable work.

February 2015 Newsletter

Dear Uthando Dollmakers and Friends,

Are you ready to take on the MAKE A 100 DOLLS IN A DAY Challenge during multicultural Harmony Week, (March 15 – 21) at four venues around Perth? OR would you like to create your own full day of dollmaking with your friends and guests from another culture?

The underlying aim is to make thousands more dolls for the 0 – 4yrs children who come under TREE’s wing. Normally TREE receives 4000 dolls each year, but we learned from Bertha Magoge, Director, at the Retreat last year, that they see 40,000 children in the care of their graduates.

In response to this number, we have designed a new doll, called Simple Doll, which lends itself to a production line system. There has been a truly amazing result from Lynne Fish and Marcia Watson, Sorrento group, of 1100 Simple dolls having been made by them in the past few months. What more can be said?? With this newsletter comes the pattern for Boy and Girl Simple Doll and the list of events where hundreds of dolls could be made. Please copy and give to friends. Especially RSVP with your name and your guest’s name for joining in at least one of these events.

If you don’t live in Perth, please consider arranging your own special dollmaking day at any time. Set your own target, date, venue and go for it. It will make a precious, feel good day.

Uthando can supply material for brown skin and the stuffing. More fabrics if needed, too. Print out the pattern here to make templates.

The Albany Group is already underway in partnership with Soroptimists International with 100 Women, 100 Dolls at the Vancouver Arts Centre.

This 100 DOLLS IN A DAY Challenge is a major event for Uthando 2015 and is specifically for TREE.

Be reassured that all types of Uthando dolls are still needed. Remember NO buttons or beads on dolls for the young ones.

During last term and over the holidays, the most wonderfully creative dolls arrived from many primary and secondary schools to be shipped in April. Enjoy the originality and skills acquired by students.

school doll 5 school doll 4 school doll 2 school doll 1

Strong woman with applique animal

Strong woman with applique animal

Lion man with hippo boy

Lion man with hippo

Bling with style from Primary School student

Bling with style from Primary School student

Furry characters with bright  applique

Furry characters with bright

Portrait of doll on the card

Portrait of doll on the card

Two bearded gentleman

Two bearded gentleman














In the pipeline are an Exhibition of Uthando dolls and African artefacts in July and another Retreat at Serpentine, September 11 – 13. More anon. Express interest? See below.


March 24, venue to be confirmed in Perth, is a screening of a gripping documentary touring Australia titled Beyond Right and Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness. Uthando Project is being one of the charity partners. You can watch it online and a portion is given to Uthando. Please contact if you want links, tickets or be a volunteer.

May 2015 be hugely productive for all Uthando dollmakers and a sense of partnership for all our friends,

Love, Georgia Efford, the Board and the Friday team. CONTACT info@nulluthandoproject.org or Georgia 08 9293 2363

To download this newsletter, the 100 Dolls flyer and simple doll pattern , please click here