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You’ll now find it within the cosy confines of the Social Fabric website.
Don’t be a stranger, come and visit me there!
Snapshots from the recent Caring for Country Community Planting Event held as part of the Place of Reconciliation project at Banks Reserve / Warndoolier. You can find this special part of the world on Joel Terrace in East Perth.
The event was hosted by the City of Vincent, with support from the Vincent Reconciliation Group and participation by the Claise Brook Catchment Group.
It was a very chilly morning, but luckily a very heart warming event!
Those of you who have been following this blog for a while might remember that back in May 2012 the people and City of Vincent and Nyungah Elders officially recognised Banks Reserve, a beautiful local riverside park that rests on land known to Whadjuk-Nyungah people as Warndoolier, as a ‘Place of Reconciliation’.
Reconciliation Week is rolling around again and this year the City of Vincent is hosting a Community Planting Day to celebrate the completion of one significant element of the ongoing Place of Reconciliation project – the restoration of Walter’s Brook.
Community members are invited to join in planting 800 plants around Walter’s Brook over two planting sessions, followed by a relaxing BBQ.
See here for full event details and to register to attend.
I’ll be there getting my hands dirty! Would love to see you there too.
Spread the word… an exciting opportunity exists for people that are keen to support the development of the WA community garden sector to takeover the administration of the Community Gardens WA website, the WA Community Gardens Network Facebook Group and $5000 funding!
Some online resources and funding have been held in trust for the WA community garden sector since the conclusion of the Growing Communities WA project that I managed back in 2008-2010. The intention of these resources is to provide networking platforms (online/offline) for people involved in, or who are supporters of, community gardens in WA that facilitate:
Expressions of Interest are currently being sort from individuals, groups or organisations that are keen to support community garden sector networking in WA through taking over the administration of these resources.
Full details can be found here.
A couple of months ago a journalist from Scoop Magazine came knocking, wanting to chat about why I think community is important and the different ways individuals, groups, and organisations can help to build social connectedness. A subject dear to my heart!
Human beings are social creatures. We survive and thrive through relationships; they bring meaning and purpose to our lives, as well as help us to meet our basic needs.
Whilst family and friendship circles are key sources of relationships, social connection through the realm of community is also important, particularly so for individuals who do not have strong personal networks. We need to be able to cooperate and take collective action at a broader level than family groupings, in order to have our needs met. Social connection at the level of community is one of the building blocks for this.
There are a number of characteristics of modern Western society that have contributed to a decline in the community sphere. Nowadays we have to consciously work on building and strengthening our communities, if we want to reap the individual and collective benefits that flow from them. That’s why I do what I do (plus it’s great fun!).
If you’re looking for some inspiring summer reading, check out ‘The village people‘ article in full in the summer edition of Scoop Magazine that’s out now.