Still Gardening Program and Garden Mates
Many older people who live in Hobart are passionate gardeners, but sometimes looking after a garden is too much for them.
Gardening is an important way for older people to keep fit and strong enough to stay living in their own homes. Gardening provides gentle exercise, sunshine, and mental and emotional stimulation. But as we age, some gardening jobs like bending down to weed, getting up again, reaching up to prune and lifting heavy weights become hard.
The Still Gardening Program, run by the City of Hobart, gives older people a chance to stay active in their homes and gardens. We support a team of dedicated and inspiring volunteers – Garden Mates – who go out and work one-on-one with older people in their gardens helping them keep on doing what they love: getting their hands dirty and enjoying the outdoors.
Garden Mates offer friendship and support for older people, they work with them – not for them – and encourage them to look at low maintenance gardening to make it easier to keep enjoying their gardens.
Becoming a Garden Mate
As a Garden Mate you will work with an older person for one or two hours a week in their garden helping them with gardening jobs like weeding, pruning and lifting heavy weights.
By working with an older person you will help them to feel safe and confident to get outside. You will also be a friendly face with whom they can chat and share their passion for the garden. View the Still Gardening volunteer role description(PDF, 515KB).
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 fill in the Still Gardening volunteer application form(PDF, 445KB) and email it to email@example.com.
Becoming a client
To participate in the Still Gardening Program, you need to be referred to us from My Aged Care. Please contact My Aged Care by calling 1800 200 422 to ask about whether there is availability for the Still Gardening Program.
Phone: 03 6236 9349
Address: Lower Level Mathers House
108 Bathurst Street, Hobart
GPO Box 503, Hobart TAS 7000
Still Gardening is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.