Community Café and Wellbeing Garden

In November 2015 one of our residential aged care services received a Wellbeing Garden Grant from the Maggie Beer Foundation Wellbeing Gardens Program. Volunteer and community support for the garden was overwhelming and the Garden was officially opened on 10 October 2016 following 12 months of hard work designing, building and planting. Our activities and lifestyle staff incorporate the Wellbeing Garden into their programs and our garden is now providing fresh and seasonal produce which is incorporated into menu planning and resident meals by our dietitians and in-house food services team. A key part of the vision for our Wellbeing Garden is to create a communal space for residents, families, volunteers and visitors to use and enjoy. We used our Wellbeing Garden as the platform to launch our Community Café in December 2016. At the Community Café residents, family, staff and community members can enjoy a freshly brewed coffee, tea or hot chocolate prepared by a local business partner who brings their coffee van on-site. The Community Café is now occurring weekly and rotates between our Wellbeing Garden in one facility and the garden courtyard of our other facility located over the road. This has encouraged residents, staff, family and visitors from both our residential aged care services to visit and interact with each other on a regular basis, participating even if it’s not in their facility. The Cafes are also open to community members and ... Read More

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Sarah Finlayson

Numurkah District Health Service

Numurkah District health is a small rural health service that comprises of two residential aged ... Read More