3 October 2018
Our Backyard Blitz Project & the Benefits of Gardening – By Interchange Australia Coordinator, Felicity Duff
Interchange Australia provides a wide range of cultural, physical, social and artistic activities for young adults with a disability. These activities focus on skills development, education and confidence building, leading to increased levels of independence and greater involvement in the community.
In February 2017, our Camden Campus relocated to Narellan due to the high demand for our Day Options Program. We now have two campuses side by side on Somerset Avenue, conveniently located across the road from Narellan Town Centre and with plenty of space inside and out to conduct a range of engaging, educational and exciting activities.
Both campuses have required some renovation work to be done in the backyard areas. Over the past several months our staff have been working alongside our clients to beautify and improve the backyard area of Somerset House to make it a suitable space to be used for recreational and leisure activities and growing and cultivating plants.
With the assistance of staff, clients have been involved in clearing and leveling the yard, spreading topsoil in preparation for turf, laying turf and grass seed, paving, planting hedges and maintaining the lawn by mowing and watering it on a regular basis.
Gardening is a beneficial activity for all people. For people with disabilities, Better Health Victoria states that gardening helps to improve:
• Communication and social skills – from being involved in groups and community activities
• Fitness – gardening is a great physical activity
• Confidence – gardening helps to develop a range of new skills
• Wellbeing – gardening is a great way to relax and reduce stress levels
• Physical ability – through improved motor skills
• Nutrition – gardening provides an opportunity to learn about healthy food
• Knowledge – it’s a chance to learn about the environment and nature
• Enjoyment of life – gardening is a wonderful leisure activity where tasks and routines can be varied and shared.
Interchange Australia is hosting a garden party at the Narellan Campus to officially unveil stage one of our ‘Backyard Blitz’ project. You are invited to join us for hand-made morning tea, to enjoy a variety of musical performances and to participate in games on the new lawn.
To RSVP, please email me at: [email protected] by Thursday 11th October.
For more information about our Day Options Program, please call 1300 112 334.