Home among the gar­dens

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A NEW com­mu­nity gar­den has opened up in Madding­ton to help those ex­pe­ri­enc­ing, or at risk of, home­less­ness.

A NEW com­mu­nity gar­den in Madding­ton will give lo­cals ex­pe­ri­enc­ing home­less­ness a place to find a bit of peace as well as an op­por­tu­nity to learn some new skills.

The new gar­den at Mis­sion Aus­tralia’s Wat­tle House was of­fi­cially opened on Fri­day.

It is de­signed to help peo­ple who are feel­ing iso­lated to be­come more con­nected with the com­mu­nity.

Mis­sion Aus­tralia area man­ager Katie Price said the gar­den gave their clients a chance to learn how to grow and nur­ture the plant life, as well as how to use the freshly grown pro­duce in food pro­duc­tion.

“Clients from Wat­tle House and other agen­cies sup­port­ing those ex­pe­ri­enc­ing home­less­ness in this par­tic­u­lar area can en­joy the so­lace and peace of a safe gar­den set­ting and have the op­por­tu­nity to be­come in­volved in learn­ing how to grow, care and nur­ture plants,” she said.

“Wat­tle House is about pro­vid­ing skills for our clients to as­sist them to live in­de­pen­dently and well in the com­mu­nity and I think this ini­tia­tive will be very warmly wel­comed by those who ac­cess our ser­vices and the com­mu­nity in gen­eral.”

Wat­tle House helps those ex­pe­ri­enc­ing home­less­ness, or who are at risk of do­ing so, with ser­vices such as emer­gency re­lief, fi­nan­cial coun­selling and hous­ing sup­port.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d485715

Mis­sion Aus­tralia area man­ager Katie Price and client Christo Innes.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d485715

Mis­sion Aus­tralia case man­ager Ather Per­vaiz, Mis­sion Aus­tralia pro­gram man­ager Leanne Jelly and Thorn­lie MLA Chris Tal­len­tire.

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