Still Gardening Program
Many older people who live in Hobart are passionate gardeners, but sometimes looking after a garden is too much for them.
The Still Gardening Program, run by the City of Hobart, gives older people a chance to stay active in their homes and gardens. We work with them – not for them – and encourage them to look at low maintenance gardening to make it easier to keep enjoying their gardens.
We support a team of dedicated and inspiring volunteer Garden Mates who go out and work one-on-one with older people in their gardens.
Our volunteer Garden Mates offer friendship and support for older people, to help them keep on doing what they love: getting their hands dirty and enjoying the outdoors. Gardening provides gentle exercise, sunshine, and mental and emotional stimulation.
The Still Gardening Program provides volunteers with an induction and first aid training, skills-based workshops, toolkits, a tool library, regular lunch catch-ups, reimbursement for travel, free police checks, and free flu and tetanus immunisations.
If you can give one or two hours a week to an older person in the Hobart or Glenorchy municipal areas, and you want to help someone stay at home, please let us know.
Still Gardening volunteer application form(DOC, 240KB)
Still Gardening volunteer job description(DOCX, 235KB)
Our volunteer Peer Educators talk with community groups of older people about easier ways to keep on gardening and have fun. Peer Educators enjoy passing on knowledge that will inspire people to stay healthy and in control at home.
Lower Level Mathers House
108 Bathurst Street, Hobart
GPO Box 503, Hobart TAS 7000
03 6236 9349
Still Gardening is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health