We love to hear examples of how people in the local community are fostering relationships with residents in Living Choice villages. It creates an environment that supports social interaction, providing opportunities for shared activities and nurturing a sense of belonging within the community.
Living Choice Broadwater Court has fostered a great relationship with the local Kincumber High School. The Kincumber High students started a vegetable garden project with the aim of creating opportunities to socialise amongst themselves and with residents while learning lifelong skills in the garden.
Special Education teacher Tim Pulo said, “It’s great to be able to work in the village with our students and they look forward to seeing the residents as well”.
The project started when half of Tim’s class accessed school sports and the other half didn’t. Tim was looking to establish something meaningful that all students would benefit from. With the village's close proximity to the school, it was the ideal place for his class to go.
Currently, five students participate in the gardening program, ranging from Year 7 to Year 11. All students are given roles at the veggie plot that they carry out to the best of their ability.
“It gives the students a chance to try something different and allows them to create a plan in the classroom and then act upon it when we are at the village,” said Tim.
“The students demonstrate their teamwork and hard work while we are at the village by tending to the vegetable patch and they have opportunities to socialise with residents that come and watch us.”