Vinnies child care centre to get garden makeover from local TAFE students
The St Vincent de Paul Society’s Margaret Druitt Day Care Centre is about to receive a specially designed garden courtesy of a group of TAFE Western Sydney students, including Richmond College student, Kirsten Abrahall, who is behind the ‘Rainbow Serpent’ inspired design.
The Margaret Druitt Centre provides subsidised long day care for families experiencing disadvantage with children aged two to five years from Mount Druitt, Emerton and surrounding areas.
The Centre operates 50 weeks a year and caters for around 40 children per day who are provided with a strong developmental curriculum, a hot meal and morning and afternoon tea.
TAFE NSW donated $10,000 towards the garden’s construction as a part of the Sydney Royal Easter Show’s Landscaping Challenge.
The garden will be opened on Friday 28 August at 2.30pm by the Hon. John Barilaro MP, Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business.
Susan Goldie, Executive Officer of the St Vincent de Paul Society Parramatta Central Council, said that the garden will contribute to the wellbeing of local families.
“We are so excited to unveil this new garden that will provide our families with a well-deserved oasis to stop and chat. Importantly it will also provide the children an area to enjoy sensory stimulation through our natural environment,” Ms Goldie said.
The Margaret Druitt Centre is part of an array of crucial services provided by Vinnies to people experiencing disadvantage in Western Sydney.
Ms Goldie explained that Vinnies Western Sydney is a crucial part of the local fabric and that many people in the community rely on assistance from Vinnies to get by day-to-day.
She also stressed the importance of partnerships such as the one with TAFE NSW delivering the new garden to Margaret Druitt Centre.
“We are always on the lookout for businesses wanting to make a positive impact in the local community through their ongoing support of Vinnies programs, shops and services.
"Vinnies Western Sydney region covers the vast area from Parramatta to the Blue Mountains, and Richmond to Warragamba, providing a great number of resources and services across the entire region.
“Last year alone, Vinnies Western Sydney provided over $1.5 million worth of assistance with food, vouchers, electricity bills, rent, medical expenses and many other essentials to people in the local community,” Ms Goldie said.
About Margaret Druitt Child Care Centre
§ 80% of children come from single parent families and unemployed.
§ 2.5% of children are under the care of their grandparents or other carers.
§ 5% of families cannot read and write.
§ 46% of the children at the centre have special needs.
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