Still Gardening Program has a new Coordinator.
Rebecca Free will manage the Program part time from our office at Mathers Place, 108 Bathurst Street.
Please make Beck feel welcome next time you see her at our office or at one of our get-togethers.
We are moving into the time of year when the Tasmanian sunshine really has some sting in it!
We need to be smart about striking the right balance between getting enough sunshine for vitamin D production, and avoiding skin damage.
Sunshine includes a component of ultraviolet, or “UV” radiation. UV radiation is responsible for skin damage, which can lead to ageing of the skin and skin cancers. The intensity of UV radiation is measured on a scale from 0 through 20.
Once the UV index is at or above 3, exposure to sunshine will cause skin damage. Visible signs of skin damage include sun tan and sun burn.
The National Health reform has brought changes to the joint HACC program.
Up to 30 June 2012 Still Gardening was funded by the joint Australian Government and State and Territory HACC program whose client group were frail aged and younger people with a disability and their carers.
From 1 July 2012 the State Government will have funding responsibility for programs for people with disabilities and the Commonwealth Government will have funding responsibility for programs for older people.
As Still Gardening’s client group were almost entirely older people, its funding source is now the Commonwealth HACC program. Still Gardening will continue to work with its current clients with disabilities, however in line with with our new funding agreement, the program’s target group will be people aged 65 years and over, or 50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their carers.
Still Gardening is currently working on a Start-Up kit for other areas or community organisations who would like to develop a Garden Mates program based on the Still Gardening model. Contact our office if you would like more information.
Still Gardening has a library of books available for loan to volunteers and clients.
A big thank you to Garden mate Val who recently donated four titles from eminent Australian gardening writer Kevin Handreck: Food for plants; Organic matter and soils; Soils; What’s wrong with my soil?
"New" books for the Still gardening Library
Don’t judge these books by their covers! They look a bit dated, but they are packed with information for enquiring gardeners.
Come in to the office and have a browse.
The Still Gardening program is delighted to welcome eight diverse and skilled new volunteer Garden Mates.
We undertook volunteer induction and training at Hobart City Council’s beautiful Regional Nursery in Mornington last week, followed by a tour of the nursery and the amazing collection of “potted colour”, street trees and indoor plants that it maintains.
The eight new Garden Mates are a great boost for the clients on our ever-growing waiting list. We look forward to matching clients and new volunteers over the coming weeks. As one existing client told us:
“Garden was worrying me a lot. Now it gives me a lot of pleasure to come out in the garden. Having the Mate helps maintain interest. Nice talking about it with someone else. I made a friend.”
We trust that these new volunteers will do a wonderful job of helping our clients to keep active in their gardens and reap the great health benefits and joy that come out of tending a patch.