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Annual Report 2018-2019 A Therapeutic Horticulture program run in Community Gardens where everyone is valued and contributes. Building relationships is fundamental to the program. Email: dignity.garden@gmail.com Phone: 0472 722 118


DIGnity Value Statement The Dignity of Risk theory underpins the DIGnity program. Our core values are to be inclusive, foster intergenerational relationships, value everyone’s contribution to meaningful occupation and utilise the therapeutic capacity of community gardens.


Contents President’s Report Therapeutic Horticulture (in a nutshell) 2018-19 Financial Report Visitor and Research Snapshots 2


President’s Report to the Board It is with great pleasure that I deliver the inaugural DIGnity Board president’s report. As described in our Mission Statement; DIGnity is a Therapeutic Horticulture program run in Community Gardens where everyone is valued and contributes. Building relationships are fundamental to the program. Sitting alongside this mission is our Value Statement: The Dignity of Risk theory underpins the DIGnity program. Our core values are to be inclusive, foster intergenerational relationships, value everyone’s contribution to meaningful occupation and utilise the therapeutic capacity of community gardens. In accordance with these guiding statements I can confidently report that the DIGnity program has remained true to its purpose. This year has been significant for the growth of the DIGnity. On May 31 2018, we held our establishment meeting and the following appointments were made: • President - Andrew Nolan • Vice President - Liz Gillam • Treasurer - Marina Campbell • Joint Secretaries - Jessie Bynon and Claire Boost • Public Officer - Liz Gillam • Board Member - Gwen Egg. • Board member - Pauline Marsh Shortly after on June 12, 2018, DIGnity achieved its incorporation status. Since this time we have sadly farewelled Claire Boost, who left us for the greener pastures of life on Bruny Island. We have also joyfully welcomed Andrew Wells, Leigh Tesch and Amity Deans onto the board, all of whom possess valuable skills in areas of governance, management and the not-for profit sector. I am pleased to report that since its inception the board has worked with great dedication and professionalism to create a sustainable structure that will ensure DIGnity’s viability into the future as a relevant and valued community resource. To this end the board has: • Created the DIGnity Constitution • Created the Board Members Guide • Created the risk management strategy and register • Achieved endorsement for Charity Tax Concessions • Developed our strategic plan.

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Made significant progress toward transferring the Communities Tasmania Grant Deed from Okines to DIGnity. This is something that the board has recognised as vital in demonstrating our capacity to function as a responsible, independent financial entity.

Over the coming year we will see in the creation of a new board, with the resignations of myself and Treasurer, Marina Campbell. Marina has put in many, many long hours to ensure not only that our finances were simply in order, but also to ensure our ongoing financial sustainability. Her talent for communicating financial concepts, her eye for detail and her extensive knowledge of governance matters will be greatly missed. I wish to also acknowledge and pay tribute to the work of our other board members. Liz Gillam has calmly and stoically contributed to much of the work involved in creating our policies and procedures, her legal background has been an invaluable asset. Pauline Marsh for holding us true to our foundations and her tireless research, passion and raising the awareness of DIGnity through her presentations at a number of conferences, Gwen Egg for her wisdom, experience and ability to patiently guide us through difficult decision making processes and Jesse Bynon for her decisiveness and and clarity of judgement. The work of the board has been closely supported by our project coordinator - affectionally referred to as our “space cadet - Helen Whitaker - Helen’s enthusiasm for the project and ability to jump on board has been an inspiration. Helen has assisted us with developing our web presence, communications with external bodies, strategic planning and has dedicated many hours of hard work in order to create, intelligent, well written funding applications in the hope of securing ongoing funding for the program. We sadly say goodbye to Helen who is leaving to pursue her career in teaching and warmly welcome our new project officer - Hannah Fielder. Hannah will be a valuable addition to the team. And brings her experience as a long time DIGnity volunteer, social researcher and work in aged care. Our progress to date could not have occurred without the goodwill of the Okines and Dunalley/ Tasman Community Houses. The Okines Board and in particular Natalie Siggins - manager of Okines Community House have supported us with the lengthy process involved in progressing the return of the Communities Tas Grant Deed. Their goodwill and support has been greatly appreciated. I would also like to acknowledge and thank Jeddah Barwick and Dunalley/Tasman Neighbourhood House who have partnered with and supported us on our journey. Just as our relationship with neighbourhood houses is a vital aspect of our ability to deliver the program, so too is our relationship with the community gardens in which we deliver our program. It goes without saying that without their support the program could not be delivered. I am delighted to report that we have fostered and maintained strong relationships in this area. The wisdom, support, energy and enthusiasm of our fabulous garden coordinators Beck and Sonya has been key to our successes over the past year. Beck and Sonya have tirelessly supported and

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championed the DIGnity Program, repeatedly going above and beyond their roles to provide a welcoming and vibrant setting in which to conduct the program. This brings me to our wonderful garden volunteers. Without our volunteers the program would not be the thriving in the manner in which it does. Our volunteers are too many to name and the same can be said for the roles they have occupied - preparing the space in which we operate, baking bread, preparing pizzas, salads and countless cups of tea. Of equal importance - our volunteers have welcomed and supported our attendees to engage with the program in meaningful, creative and compassionate ways. Their dedication and enthusiasm continues to inspire the DIGnity Team on a weekly basis. I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our DIGnity team. Gwen Egg continues to inspire and nurture with her seemingly endless knowledge and ability to weave and create not only natural fibres, but real connections, joy and engagement with people from all ages and abilities. Jesse Bynon continues to shine in her role as OT, ensuring that participants are safely supported to engage with the garden and other activities and enjoy the DIGnity of risk that may not otherwise be possible. The DIGnity team has recently welcomed new members Michael Paxton and Mara Schneiders in the Mental Health Support role and Leigh Tesch in the occupational therapists role. This will enable greater flexibility of delivery and will ensure that all roles will be filled on a weekly basis. We look forward to their contributions and have already witnessed their fantastic capacity to engage and support our participants. In summary I can say the that the Project continues to thrive with our statistics showing up to 30 people regularly attending the program. Our participants represent a broad cross section of the community - including grandparents, parents, caregivers and children. All ages, stages and abilities have been represented with attendees united by spending time together in the gardens. During this time, weeds have been pulled, seeds have been sown and countless pizzas have been cooked Just as importantly innumerable connections, conversations and moments of peace have been experienced. I am certain that the future is bright for DIGnity and I look forward to watching the program continue to bloom.

Andrew Nolan DIGnity Board President Oct 2019

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Andrew Nolan with Tino Carnivale during filming of Gardening Australia


Key Achievements

Growth in regular attendance to average 21 people per session for weekly DIGnity sessions at Dodges Ferry and fortnightly sessions at Nubeena 936 visitors experiencing improvements in health and wellbeing Inaugural year of incorporation Secured two-year base funding Website launched Contract services of a Therapeutic Horticulture Facilitator to liaise with all stakeholders (including volunteers, industry bodies, community and health support services, aged care) Building the profile of DIGnity through various presentations at local, state and national practitioner, policy and academic forums

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Therapeutic Horticulture (in a nutshell)

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7 Gurney Court Lenah Valley 7008

PETER FRANKLIN

Phone: 0427 284 889 E-mail: peterfranklin@iprimus.com.au

Auditing for Community Groups DIGnity Supported Community Garden Inc For the year ended 30 June 2019 Summary of the Financial Report

The operations of DIGnity Supported Community Garden Inc for the financial year has resulted in a surplus of $52209. Income for the year totalled $84575 and expenditure was $32366. Much of the surplus, which is held in the bank account, is in fact unspent grant funds. I have examined the records of DIGnity Supported Community Garden Inc for the period and have received sufficient information to form an opinion on financial records. I have only looked at the financial records and supporting documents. It is my opinion that the Income and Expenditure Statement and the Fund Summary are drawn up to present a true and fair view of the financial position of the organisation. A check of invoices was carried out to satisfy the validity of payments. This was done on the basis of a sample of transactions.

Peter Franklin Auditor 14 October 2019

Peter Franklin - Auditor 7 Gurney Court Lenah Valley 0427 284 889

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Business Affairs Approval TIAS012240


DIGnity Supported Community Garden Inc INCOME AND EXPENDITURE STATEMENT For the year ended 30 June 2019 2019 Income Government funding Crowd Funding Donation Other RAC Participant Contribution Bank Interest Equipment Grant DSS Twilight Market Sales Total Income

70,000.00 4,843.51 1,000.00 1,174.95 2,210.00 142.16 5,000.00 204.00 84,574.62

Expenditure Contract MHC Contract Artist Contract OT Contract CG Tasman Contract CG Okines Catering Bank Payments Dignity Facilitator Hire of Facility Total Expenditure

7,860.00 7,020.00 6,840.00 2,107.66 3,326.79 736.49 24.95 4,250.00 200.00 32,365.89

Net Surplus/Deficit for year

52,208.73

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STATEMENT OF FUNDS As at 30 June 2019 2019 52,208.73 52,208.73

Group Funds Net Surplus/Deficit for year

Represented by Bendigo Bank

52,208.73 52,208.73

AUDIT STATEMENT DIGnity Supported Community Garden Inc Incorporation Organisation No TIAS012240 I have examined the records of DIGnity Supported Community Garden Inc for the period ending 30 June 2019 and have received sufficient information to form an opinion on financial records. The examination was limited to the amounts recorded in the books. It is my opinion that the Income and Expenditure Statement and the Statement of Funds are drawn up to present a true and fair view of the financial position of the organisation according to the information and explanations received. The rules relating to administration of the funds have been observed.

Peter Franklin Auditor 14 October 2019

Peter Franklin - Auditor 7 Gurney Court Lenah Valley 0427 284 889

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Business Affairs Approval TIAS012240


Visitors by target group

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People with Dementia

wheelchairs and aids

Mental ill health

Carers


National Dementia Conference Poster

Profile for Hannah Fielder

DIGnity Annual Report 2018-2019  

DIGnity Supported Community Garden Inc. Annual Report 2018-2019

DIGnity Annual Report 2018-2019  

DIGnity Supported Community Garden Inc. Annual Report 2018-2019

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