Broughton House Youth Refuge Garden project in collaboration with Wodonga TAFE

Broughton House Youth Refuge which provides crisis accommodation and support for young people from throughout the Albury, Wodonga and surrounding areas, has benefitted from an overhaul of the garden and outdoor areas.

The efforts of students from Wodonga Institute of TAFE Foundation Studies Class have revitalised the exterior of the premises.   The project involved painting, weeding and preparation of the garden area, planting, establishing a sustainable vegetable garden and the creation of a more environmentally friendly garden where less water is used.  New garden furniture was also included in the spending.  The project was made possible through the successful application to Albury City Council’s Cultural and Community Grant’s Program whereby a $3000 one-off grant was awarded for the partnership project.

Erin Briggs, a Team leader at YES Youth & Family Services, the auspicing organisation of Broughton House, says:  “The Wodonga TAFE Project Supervisor Debbi Gibson and her team of students have made an enormous contribution.  The garden looks great and it provides young people who reside at the crisis facility with a comfortable space for them to spend their time outdoors. The area is more homely and has created a morale boost for residents.  The vegetable garden has also assisted young people to learn valuable skills in reducing the cost of living and healthy eating”.

“This has been an exciting opportunity for the students of Wodonga TAFE Foundation Studies class who have had the opportunity to be a part of the project and take with them a sense of achievement for their efforts. Whilst YES benefits too with this community support and the improved facilities it provides at Broughton House.  YES Youth & Family Services is a non- profit community organisation and projects like this are impossible without community support”.

Mrs Briggs says “having the opportunity to establish comfortable surroundings for young people makes the facility more welcoming and in turn creates a positive and interactive environment for residents which contributes to their self-esteem and capacity to succeed”.

A presentation of recognition for the Wodonga TAFE students will take place on Tuesday 29nd November at 11:00am at Broughton House Youth Refuge.

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