Lentil as Anything Warms our February Community Organisations Meeting (COM)
09 Mar 2012
- For our February meeting, we were thrilled to again be in the homely surrounds of Lentil as Anything’s Footscray restaurant
We were treated to words from guest speakers, Majella Grainger from Urban Green Living and Learning Hub and our own Youth Connections representatives, Rowan Muir, and Chrisoula and Nicole Mavroudis – who each deal with different facets of youth services at WCIG.
Majella’s overview of the Urban Green Living and Learning Hub, which is a part of Victoria University College's School of Foundation, Community and Indigenous Programs in Footscray, provided great details of the program. In 2006 the land at the 115 Albert Street Seddon site was bare, and now, five years later and it has been transformed into a lively vegetable garden, orchard, Indigenous bush food garden and practically-oriented teaching and learning place.
It is designed for students studying Horticulture, English as a Second Language and Youth courses to help them with improving their literacy and numeracy levels, and to advance their knowledge around the workplace and occupational health and safety concepts. Students learn planting and garden maintenance, sustainable environmental practices, teamwork and the responsibility of running a small business by operating and maintaining a market garden.
WCIG’s youth services representatives gave a glowing report of the inroads and partnerships being created in schools and with young people referred to our services (or seeking our services out themselves) in the local community. Our expansions and successes in programs both inside and outside of schools are but a snapshot of the great work being done in helping young people achieve stability, education and further successes. Further youth services information is available in the Youth Services menu on this website.
Our COM Networking events are great for all who work in the community services sector in Melbourne’s West. It is a great opportunity to mingle with representatives from other community organisations and NFPs and learn about the work of others. All participating organisations are invited to present at future Community Organisations Networking Events. For more info or to register your interest contact Laura on 0419 113 601 or email firstname.lastname@example.org