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Mens Shed Gives Back to the Community


The Karrinyup Community Men's Shed was a major project of RC Karrinyup Community Service. Now established as a self sufficient organisation, the Shed has found a way to 'give back' to the Community.

Playgroup WA recently hosted a family picnic in the park for vulnerable families. The event, which was part of PANDA week, celebrated recovery from perinatal anxiety and depression, a mental health condition that affects one in five mothers and one in ten fathers or 7000 new WA families every year. For many of the families this was one of the first times they had ‘got their hands dirty’ handling soil and plants with their children. It was a very memorable experience and we hope it might encourage some keen gardeners and outdoor lovers into the future. 

The picnic also celebrated the 10-year anniversary of Mother-Baby Nurture - and the 1000 families that have journeyed through the programme. Mother-Baby Nurture is a community-based support group for vulnerable families struggling with postnatal mental illness within the babies first six months of life. It’s a grant dependent program presently supported by the WA Department of Health and the Commonwealth Department for Communities.

Thanks to Karrinyup Community Men’s Shed, that made and donated seventy pine pallet planter boxes, Playgroup WA  was able to host a gardening workshop for all the families, potting herb seedlings into the planter boxes.

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