Grassroots gardening project to assist local youth

08/03/2017

Disabled and disengaged youth will have an opportunity to be a part of a community garden project thanks to an $11,460 Council grant made available to Jubilee Community Services through the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund Program.

Maree Gunn, who works in Community Development with Jubilee Community Services, expressed absolute delight and excitement about the project being made possible.

The project will be run in partnership with Jubilee Community Services, Outreach St George and Georges River College Oatley Campus.

“This intergenerational, cross-cultural gardening project will bring disengaged youth, disabled youth and senior community volunteers to work on a school community garden,” Maree said.

“Senior community volunteers will mentor the Support Students (students living with a disability) and students identified as disengaged from learning,” she added.

“The volunteers will be used to provide mentoring, support and leadership for the program.”

Georges River Council Administrator John Rayner said the project offers positive support and skills-building for local youth.

“The program aims to increase personal and community wellbeing by providing opportunities for participants to build on their communication skills, relationships, respect, team skills and positive social networks,” he said.

“Further educational outcomes will also be achieved as the learners will work to attaining a TAFE qualification.”

Additional benefits come from the students and volunteers learning about the origins of food and how to grow their own food and become partially self-sufficient.

Commencing in February 2017 the project will continue until the end of year.

More than 60 applications were received by Council requesting funding through the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund Program.

Of these applicants, 27 were awarded funding ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. A total of $1 million in funding was granted to local community groups.

For more information, please contact Council via 9330 6400 or visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au.

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