Villawood Immigration Centre's impressive Communal Gardening Club

A Communal Gardening Club at Villawood Immigration Detention Centre sprouted in early October 2011 thanks to the tremendous efforts of one of the centre's Client Service Officers.

Although relatively new, the club has been incredibly popular with clients and the Centre now has a growing number of gardeners. Clients from a variety of different areas have volunteered their effort, time and gardening skills to help beautify the centre’s grounds.

One staff member at the Centre described the gardening program as a huge success. '[Staff have] worked incredibly hard to get this program up and running at the Centre. Not only has the Club allowed the clients to develop new skills and display hidden talents, but it’s also a really fun activity which helps them to recognise their worth as individuals,' the Serco employee said.

Serco is committed to supporting this program with plans to sustain and grow it further in the future.