Authors: Robert Caley, SA
Event: 2007 TheMHS Conference
Subject: RECOVERY / REHABILITATION,STIGMA
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: “Community capacity building has become a central objective in a wide range of public policies and programs in Australia”(Hounslow, 2002). “Improving the abilities of communities to enhance their quality of life and assisting disadvantaged groups in the communities are two key points in community capacity building”(Moore, 2002). This paper will showcase the continuing journey of one such endeavour, a community garden, and highlight the strengths and endurance of community capacity building. Since 2005 the garden has experienced struggles and growing pains as the project had to relocate and rebuild. The story of this community garden provides an example on how strong commitment and persistence by multiple partnerships and involving a wide sector of the community can overcome barriers and obstacles. From being a stand alone Community Mental Health and Community Health partnership, the project has grown to become a leader of such projects across metropolitan Adelaide. In addition the paper will describe how the community came together to plan and implement the community strengths of the community they live in, to aid in the recovery process through improving hope, health, to encourage risk taking and to help in the destigmatism of mental illness in the community.