30 July 2015
The Shepparton Adviser
SHEPPARTON’S newest arrivals are taking a step towards a healthier future with the creation of a community garden on the Kildonan UnitingCare site.
Clients from Kildonan’s Settlement Services program are helping develop the garden as part of the ‘Establishing Roots’ project, which was established following a Community Matching Grant from Greater Shepparton City Council.
Having been supported through generous donations, Kildonan’s Settlement Services aims to help new arrivals settle in and gain independence in their new communities. It fosters social participation, economic and personal wellbeing and connectedness with the community.
The program not only offers support such as information and referral to key support services, but access to groups and social connections including homework clubs and a sewing group.
Lenne Orchards has donated a number of large fruit boxes, which are being used as planter boxes and clients from the Asylum Seeker Support Program cleared the site in preparation for the soil and plants.
Kildonan UnitingCare Chief Executive Officer, Stella Avramopoulos said the project will have long term benefits.
“Our Settlement Services clients will help maintain the garden, and the children from our Multicultural Playgroup will develop their own special vegie patch so their families can cook and eat the produce they grow.
“Participants will also be given seedlings to establish their own vegie patches at home,” Ms Avramopoulos said.
For more information, visit www.kildonan.org.au/programs-and-services/settlement-services/