Nurturing with nature

During Victoria’s lockdowns and in celebration of Kinship Carers Week, our Kinship program came up with a creative and fun approach to strengthen the bond between children and carers, while also fostering a connection to the natural world during the lockdown.

The Kinship ‘Grow it, Eat it’ project delivered over 40 Grow Kits with pots, soil and vegetable seedlings to Kinship families. Later, an instructional online group session was held via video conference. The children planted all kinds of vegetables, including strawberries, carrots, tomatoes, chillies, and sunflowers, and had a lot of fun.

One carer wrote, “My grandchildren are very happy and enjoyed themselves this afternoon. They are asking when the next one is.”

The team behind the project plan to deliver more online workshops. One of the upsides of lockdown has been the learning of new online skills by staff and carers, allowing greater access to families with less demand on their time.

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