If you have interest, skills or a passion for gardening then volunteer

Select the questions below to read the FAQ (Frequently Asked Question)

What are Garden Mates?
What do Garden Mates do?
How do you become a Garden Mate?
How do you apply for a Garden Mate?
What happens when I apply for a Garden Mate?
Is there a charge for a Garden Mate?
What is a Garden Conversion?
Is there a charge for Garden Conversions?
Who is eligible for a Garden Conversion?
How are Garden Conversion referrals made?
How do I apply for a Garden Conversion?
Who can apply for Garden Mates or Garden Conversions?
What is a Peer Educator?
What do Peer Educators do?
How do I become a Peer Educator?
What do Presentations entail?
Who can book a Presentation?
Is there a charge for Presentations?
How do you book a Presentation?

What are Garden Mates

Garden Mates are people who like to keep active, enjoy gardening and the outdoors, like to support others in the community, and have the physical capacity to assist others in their gardens.
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What do Garden Mates do

Garden Mates assist frail aged and their carers in their gardens, so they can remain active, stay in their own homes and enjoy their gardens instead of being overwhelmed by them.
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How do you become a Garden Mate

Download an application form from the right sidebar of this website, fill it in and send it to the address supplied on the volunteers page.
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How do you apply for a Garden Mate

Applicants for a Garden Mate can self refer by contacting Still Gardening.
Applicants can also be referred by health professionals, service providers, friends or family, with the applicant’s permission.
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What happens when I apply for a Garden Mate

Once the application is received, applicants are contacted by the Still Gardening project officer to arrange an assessment at the applicant’s home.
The assessment includes a look at the garden and a look at the applicant’s gardening tools.
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Is there a charge for a Garden Mate

As a social support program, fees are not currently charged for this service. Clients will be advised of any changes to this policy in the future.
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What is a Garden Conversion

This is a physical intervention in a client’s garden with the aim of making an area of the garden more accessible or more low-maintenance for the gardener. A garden conversion could be a raised or mulched garden bed for example. Conversions are not garden make-overs. Their aim is to assist the gardener to continue gardening.
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Is there a charge for Garden Conversions

Yes. Clients for garden conversions are asked to contribute 30% to the cost of materials.
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Who is eligible for a Garden Conversion

Eligibility is the same as for Garden Mates.
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How are Garden Conversion referrals made

Referrals for Garden Conversions are made through community services and through Garden Mates.
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How do I apply for a Garden Conversion

Applicants for Garden Conversions can be identified during the assessment for a Garden Mate.
Applicants for a Garden Conversion can also be referred by other service providers and by Garden Mates. Garden Conversions are a limited aspect of the project.
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Who can apply for Garden Mates or Garden Conversions

Applicants for a Garden Mate or Garden Conversion with the Still Gardening project must be:

  • Eligible for Commonwealth Home & Community Care (HACC) Services.
  • Reside in the Hobart or Glenorchy municipalities.
  • Be interested in and able to garden, with the help of a Garden Mate.
  • Be willing to look at ways of making their garden more low maintenance.

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What is a Peer Educator

Peer educators are volunteer speakers with the Still Gardening project who have an interest in gardening and enjoy sharing information.
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What do Peer Educators do

Our Peer Educators talk with groups within the 62… phone number area, in order to encourage older people to continue gardening.
Our speakers program is a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Speakers have a common interest with the group and raise awareness about the connections between gardening, health and independence.
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How do I become a Peer Educator

Download an application form from the right sidebar of this website, fill it in and send it to the address supplied on the volunteers page.
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What do Presentations entail

Our speakers are called Peer Educators.
They are not experts but people who share information and ideas.
They travel to your venue to speak with your group about

  • The health benefits of gardening
  • Low maintenance gardening
  • Tools that are easy to use
  • No-dig and container gardening
  • Healthy eating for older people
  • Taking care of your soil and plants’ health

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Who can book a Presentation

Any community group located in the 62… phone number area that is interested in the health benefits of gardening with age.
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Is there a charge for Presentations

No. There is no charge for this service.
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How do you book a Presentation

Email gouldthorpej@hobartcity.com.au to book a presentation or phone Jonah for further information.
Alternatively download a booking form from the right sidebar of this website, fill it in and send it to the address supplied on the home page.
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