Children and adults visiting The Child & Family Centre on Toolooa Street can now enjoy spending time in the centre’s garden. 

The Child & Family Centre is home to a number of service providers, including GAPDL’S Communities for Children (CfC) program. Wendy Morris, Executive Officer at CfC said centre’s facilities now feature a sand pit and a fairy garden amongst other upgrades to seating and a general tidy of the centre’s yard. Great support for garden improvements has also been received from the community. In early November Wendy put the call out to social media for donation of any plant cuttings or seedlings that could be used in the new gardens. The community has certainly delivered, and while a work in progress, programs that use the centre are already enjoying the new features. Wendy said CfC are looking at planting edible plants in one garden bed to establish a kitchen garden. 

The garden upgrade works are being completed by trainees from Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours (WIN) Certificate I in Construction program.  Ten participants are completing a 20 week traineeship which began at the beginning of October. The program is funded by Skilling Queenslanders for Work. The trainees work on a number of projects in the community including the work completed at The Child & Family Centre. Wendy said CfC were extremely grateful for the work completed by the trainees. “Some of these projects, like the fairy garden have been on CfC’s wish list for a number of years. It is really amazing to see these things come to fruition,” Wendy added.  

The garden upgrade has enhanced the centre’s facilities making the outdoor space more engaging and comfortable for the services that utilise it. The facility upgrade helps CfC to deliver their vision of ‘Living, learning and growing together for stronger families and stronger futures.’ Children attending playgroups or accessing other services at The Child & Family Centre are able to enjoy time in the outdoors, which is essential for early childhood development.