Maddington: new community garden to give serenity, new skills to homeless

Katie Price (Mission Australia Area Manager) & Christo Innes (Client).
Katie Price (Mission Australia Area Manager) & Christo Innes (Client).

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 and was designed to help people who were feeling isolated to become more connected with the community.

Mission Australia area manager Katie Price said the garden gave their clients the 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 come and 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, housing support and transitional accommodation.

Visit www.missionaustralia.com.au for more information.