Count Me In - Disability Services Commission Grant
The Count Me In Initiative was funded by the Disability Services Commission and delivered by Hilton Harvest in partnership with the City of Fremantle. The initiative provided an important opportunity for Hilton Harvest to continue to grow the garden community and make it more inclusive. Over a period of two years (2012 – 2014) a wide range of activities were carried out to encourage participation from different groups including youth, elderly, people with disabilities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, including:
- Fibre art workshops run by Disability in the Arts, Disadvantage in the Arts Australia (DADAA) that resulted in a space themed kids cubby.
- Spotlight on universal access at Sustainable House Day that included a talk by Griff Morris, Director of Solar Dwellings and Count Me In Ambassador and a workshop with the Fremantle Men’s Shed on building garden beds that are appropriate for elderly people and/or people in wheelchairs.
- Accessible garden beds designed and installed in the garden.
- Lost generations movie and presentation at a HHCG movie night.
- Pathways installed throughout the garden. These enable access to the garden and connect the garden to the Hilton Community Centre. It is important to note that this activity was only possible with additional financial support from the City of Fremantle.
- A sensory garden which combines plants and musical instruments that engage the senses.
- Sensorium theatre residency that brought the Jub Jub Tree workshops and performances to the garden.
- Buds n Blooms an intergenerational community group that was established with funding from the initiative and still continues today.