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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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In response, participants went ahead and started planning their own neighbourhood gatherings with a garden party theme.

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

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Pat, Ruth, Asanga, Simone and a team of helpers invited locals to gather for mid-week music making at Tuckfield Park in Fremantle…

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 and a follow up event brought locals together for a Neighbour Day sausage sizzle.

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Nan Maria brought in local acapella group Summerhouse to entertain the neighbours at her local park and hall in White Gum Valley…

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and in a follow up event, partnered with the White Gum Valley Orchard for Olive picking and a long table lunch.

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Connie invited the locals and 85 people came to share pizza in the park in Samson and …

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 a rainy day didn’t deter a follow up gathering to celebrate Neighbour Day in the park.

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and the Hilton community launched their new pocket park and celebrated over pizza.

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More than 400 people have participated in events arranged by Garden Party Collective volunteers. Thanks to all for your energy and enthusiasm to embrace stronger community connections. Email maureen@streetbystreet.org.au to find out more.