Silver Chain’s Social Centre clients have been working alongside the Care For Hedland Environmental Association and the Pilbara Regional Youth Justice Services to create an interactive and edible garden at Silver Chain’s South Hedland Social Centre.
The aim of the project is to help Silver Chain’s clients engage in a productive, sustainable and fun environment that promotes wellness and community involvement.
Silver Chain Pilbara Community Manager, Amy Flaherty, said the project involved the development and installation of a number of raised garden beds, so clients, whatever their abilities, could participate in the project.
“The edible garden project really captured what Silver Chain is all about – enabling clients to improve their health and wellbeing while connecting and collaborating within the community,” Amy explained.
Pilbara Regional Youth Justice Services Community Work Officer, Jansen Monteiro, said the project was essential to contribute to the rehabilitation of young offenders who are under community work orders through the justice system.
“The young offenders from Pilbara Regional Youth Justice who participated in this project had the opportunity to develop essential gardening and life skills while interacting with friendly staff, local renowned elders and people with special needs. It was the perfect environment for them to thrive.”
The project was made possible thanks to Care For Hedland Environmental Association, Pilbara Regional Youth Justice Services, the Pilbara Institute’s Horticulture program and Port Hedland Pony Club.
The Social Centre provides social interaction and respite for carers by giving clients an opportunity to interact with others in a comfortable environment while participating in a range of interactive and interesting activities.