Connections made on special Sylvanvale day

A rich blend of people of all abilities, ages and cultures came to enjoy art, food and gardening at Sylvanvale's Community Connections Day last Friday.

The free event was held at Sylvanvale's 'Garden House' community hub at Rawson Avenue in Sutherland.

Visitors were greeted with a Welcome to Country by local Aboriginal elder, Deanna Schreiber; and served a variety of Greek and Egyptian food, and pizzas topped with Garden House fresh produce.

They were taught soap making and batiq making by Sylvanvale participants, and treated to a live performance by Sylvanvale's Cajon drummers, the 'Sylvanbeats'.

Visitors were also given the opportunity to participate in a collaborative mural art project facilitated by the award winning artist Mulga.

The aim of the event was to promote inclusion of people of all abilities and cultural backgrounds within the community, and to attract regular volunteers at Garden House.

The day was made possible by an Australian Department of Home Affairs 'Fostering Integration' grant.

Leanne Fretten, the chief executive officer of Sylvanvale, said feedback on the Community Connections Day was fanstastic.

"A huge thank you to everyone who joined us on the day and to all those people who worked hard to make it such a success," Ms Fretten said.

"We were also fortunate to sign up some new Garden House volunteers. A wonderful result and we are very grateful for this support.

"However we are still looking for more volunteers. Members of the community who would like to become a volunteer are very welcome to contact us."

  • If you would like to become a volunteer at Garden House, please call Sue Popplewell on 9521 3364