Buzz around to Braeside Park and check out our wonderful cultural community garden, The HIVE.

Early 2019, an opportunity was identified to support our aging CALD community continue to lead a positive and active lifestyle through the participation of a socially supportive, culturally sensitive initiative called The HIVE, where participants would learn to grow well, eat well, be well.

Partnering with Parks Victoria, SMRC applied and succeeded in securing funding late 2019 from the Department of Health to start up a community garden at Braeside Park, which offered a supportive program around a social activity. In the space of 6 months, its potential has been identified by the government and as recently as May 2020, was granted an additional 2 years funding to build on its potential.

The HIVE is more than just a community garden:

  • It provides a therapeutic activity that has been shown to be an extremely effective method for working with who have experienced trauma. The magic of ‘gardening’ provides fresh air, outdoors, nurturing being a part of something that creates/sharing/ meditative/, educating/, inclusion/, friendship/ socialization.
  • There are cooking and educational sessions – using cultivated crops for preparing healthy cultural meals and the sharing of these meals with the wider community will help build stronger communities. Education sessions will be held throughout the year that will be related to specific themes lead by a dietitian.
  • Life! Program is offered to participants to improve lifestyle choices so as to reduce the progression of chronic diseases eg. diabetes, hypertension and heart diseases
  • Exercise for body and mind, predominantly Tai Chi in the park.

Download the flyer HERE. 

For enquiries contact us: (03) 9767 1900 or 0407 050 878