'Blue Sky Project'
If you notice some youngsters in The Link Community Gardens, that’s because we are collaborating with Blue Sky Community Services in a project connecting Mater Christi and Marian Grove residents, and students from Orara High. Residents are engaging with students through the garden space, supporting and mentoring them in the project, sharing their experiences in the process.
The students are learning through doing, growing some tasty veggies, as well as picking up some life skills and sharing their own stories with residents.
It’s so rewarding to see these diverse generations getting to know each other. The project will be continuing for another two months initially, so if you’re interested in joining the group, please let us know at The Link!
Special thanks to Brent Haines and Frank Kennedy from Marian Grove for their voluntary participation in the project thus far, and thanks to Bec Graham and
residents from Mater Christi who attend each week.
'Young at Art'
The LINK site supports connected community events, activities and spaces. In 2022 we ran a trial intergenerational workshop creating connections between residents from Mater Christi and Stage 1 students from Mary Help of Christians School, Toormina.
The 'Young at Art' Project was funded by NSW government, through County Art support program/Arts Mid North Coast,
and guided by Art Educator Jess Miller of The Art Department.
Students and residents met each week to make meaningful connections through creating art using various mediums such as photography, drawing, painting and clay making.
The participants artworks, as well as images of the project documented by Leah Moore Photography, culminated in an exhibition that was run in conjunction with the official opening of The Link space (October 2022).