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Five years ago Renée Gardiner’s mum lost her life as a result of mental illness. Renée had seen how her mother enjoyed gardening even when she was not well.
As a result, Renée created Growing Change, a 12 week program designed to help people suffering from mental illness through socialisation and skills training. On program completion, participants are given the opportunity to rent a plot in the garden and continue growing food for their own use, or sell to the program’s restaurant customers to gain an income.
Growing Change currently operates in Fremantle, Western Australia.
The funding would allow Growing Change to create a network of social farming communities across Australia.
Find out more about Growing Change.