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About the Garden Party Collective

The Garden Party Collective is a new and exciting project in Fremantle, WA. It aims to bring together all generations living in the area, who are otherwise short of company during the working week, by creating a network of neighbourhood groups with younger seniors as Community Connectors and is funded by the Department of Communities Age-Friendly Communities Innovation and Implementation Grants Program.

Collaborators the Street by Street Project, Know Your Nation and the City of Fremantle are excited to promote integration across ages and cultures through the project, and hope that all involved will feel more safe, happy, valued, welcome and integrated in their community as a result.

Why Garden Party Collective?

Hopefully the Community Connectors will be inspired to organise a range of simple, friendly gatherings for people in their neighbourhood. We have chosen ‘The Garden Party Collective’ as our project title so that each gathering maintains that relaxed, welcoming feeling that you get when you first arrive at a garden party. When planning a gathering, Community Connectors are encouraged to include a reference to a garden party theme, no matter how small. This could be that the gathering is held outside, or includes activities often found at garden parties, or is even an inside event but includes beautiful flowers as decorations! Gatherings can be anything from an afternoon to tea, book swap, and music/entertainment. The exact format will be decided by the Community Connectors as the project gets underway.

Pilot Details

A series of workshops were held in South Fremantle late in 2017 and brought together an enthusiastic group of community members, all interested in strengthening their sense of community and meeting new people.  The workshops explored a range of topics around creating happier neighhbourhoods and provided skills for participants to start their own neighbourhood groups. During the process the participants split into three neighbourhood areas and began planning a series of two events for each groups, to be completed by May 2018. Groups are provided with arrange of support including: administrative, project management  support and financial support to run events and be used towards food, decorations or entertainment.

What’s happened so far?

The workshops brought together a creative and interesting group from the local community…

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One wonderful long table dinner was held in the Brennan Street Community…

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and more are in the planning to happen this summer. Check in again soon to see how we are progressing! Email maureen@streetbystreet.org.au to find out more.