The Community Service Order Program is funded by The Government of South Australia.  

For the last 21 years, we have been involved with the South Australian Youth Justice space, helping young people to create pathways for a positive future. We have learned that supporting young people to connect with the community and build skills for independence can make a big impact on both the individual and society.

Our Youth Justice programs centre on a holistic approach designed to promote self-reflection, skill development, and social responsibility. Our recently established Community Garden in northern Adelaide provides a place for this and so much more.

Young people participating in this project often face barriers, including housing instability and mental health. Through our interactions and activities like gardening, we provide opportunities for them to develop life skills and pursue independence. 

It is a great community, caring, and honest staff. I have taken some life skills with me. I enjoy painting and garden work very much. Both were very relaxing and kept me busy whilst giving back to the community.

Participant

Our garden’s harvest is collected with enthusiasm and donated to Foodbank, Fred’s Van, and other community centres, contributing to people in need. Produce can also be taken home by the participants.

As a result, young people are able to experience a sense of community and pride in their efforts while learning about sustainability and nutrition.



A gardening experience turns into a new perspective

Recently, Josh* completed his last day of the Community Service Order Program after taking part in various tasks such as gardening. Josh had the opportunity to use tools he had never used before, including mitre saws and whipper snippers. After enjoying the new experience, he plans to find employment where he can apply the skills learned with us. He discovered that hands-on activities give him satisfaction and can be a source of income.

I got a chance to use tools I hadn’t used before. I also think I might start looking for a job again.

Josh, Community Service Order Program Participant


If you would like to learn more about our Community Garden or are interested in sponsoring this program, please get in touch with partnerships@syc.net.au today.

* Name has been changed for anonymity.