Introduced in September 2019, the competition aims to promote pride in the community – tackling social isolation and engaging tenants with their neighbours.
For years, AnglicareSA tenants Lorraine and Phil have dug deep to produce the incredible spectacle that is their front garden.
“We get busses coming down the street admiring our front garden, and people, especially families from the local school at the end of the road making comments as they walk past,” Lorraine said.
Since being in her AnglicareSA home, tenant and NDIS client Cindy has been inspired to grow her own fruit and vegetables.
Cindy now has everything from broccoli and cabbage to chives thriving in her backyard.
“I wanted to do something that would get me outside in the fresh air and encourage me to quit smoking,” she said.
“I also wanted to live more sustainably by reducing my trips to the shops.”
AnglicareSA Community Development Coordinator Leonie Fuchs said her team have been delighted with the enthusiasm and skill displayed by the almost 30 tenants who participated in the competition.
“It’s so heart-warming to see the passion and hard work of our tenants to not just maintain their properties but to go above and beyond in nurturing their yards,” she said.
In 2017, Housing SA transferred 736 homes like Cindy’s in the Woodville area to AnglicareSA to manage as part of the Renewing our Streets and Suburbs (ROSAS) housing transfer.
Following on from the success of our community engagement activities in the north of Adelaide, this year AnglicareSA established a community development program in the Woodville region to connect with the more than 1,300 tenants.
This portfolio includes 70 Aboriginal tenancies and tenants from more than 20 diverse ethnic backgrounds.
AnglicareSA’s dedicated community development team lead events and social groups that promote engagement, connection and safety.
“Coming from diverse backgrounds and circumstances, a lot of our tenants lack the confidence and the knowhow to connect with others and form strong relationships,” Fuchs said.
“Our priorities are to tackle social isolation and increase opportunities for tenants to be involved in place-making activities and skill development. Helping them to build a sense of community is crucial in ensuring everyone has the chance to lead their best life.”