Community-based programs are the heartbeat of local empowerment and social progress. At Wildflowers we have always believed in the power of community and collaboration.
Community Initiative programs foster a sense of belonging and cooperation, promoting positive change from the grassroots level. By engaging residents and stakeholders in a collaborative effort, community-based programs not only uplift the quality of life but also create a resilient network that nurtures unity, creativity, and shared values.
We believe in the power of working together towards a brighter, more inclusive future.
Get in touch if you are an organisation that has a community initiative in mind and would like to get it off the ground.
Restore, Refocus, Replenish YOU
Restore, Refocus, Replenish YOU aimed to bring together our healthcare professionals and front-line workers in a shared space to increase mental health literacy and learn self-care skills that can improve one's overall wellbeing (mental, emotional and physical health) in a safe and non-judgemental way. This program was developed and made possible through a grant which we were the recipient of through South West Sydney PHN.
The program consisted of 11 community workshops and 4 private industry workshops, throughout the program we connected with 167 people across community through 15 6-hour workshops. We also delivered trauma sensitive yoga workshops to over 180 people. The whole program was delivered to the community for free and brought around deep connection within community. The feedback and ripple effects from these workshops was overwhelmingly positive and since the beginning of this project we have further developed a range of key Professional Development programs which we run for organisations across our community and beyond.
Paint The Town
Paint the Town street art festival is a federally funded mural art project rolling over two years with street art installations across Wollondilly, Wingecarribee, Upper Lachlan and Goulburn Mulwaree.
The project has tee’d up nationally established artists who work simultaneously with emerging local talent to create murals that reflect our recovery journey since the 2019 black summer fires. The murals were painted across a week and can be visited but locals and visitors across different locations throughout the Wollondilly.
At the beginning of the project community members came together to share their experiences of the Black Summer fires in a co-design workshop led by our very own co-founder Alex and Joe Quilter, Creative Director of Paint the Town. Through this workshop, they held space for people to talk about their experiences and the impact that the devastation of the black Summer fires still has on their own personal journey and the reverberating impact through the community. These stories helped shape the mural designs you will see throughout the Wollondilly.
It’s a four-part multi-mural mega festival that brings colour, vibrancy and culture to our region and represents the voices and insights of fire-affected community members.
Stories Towards Regeneration
Residents in the Wollondilly and Wingecarribee communities had the opportunity to participate in a series of wellbeing and creative workshops to share their experiences of the 2019/2020 bushfires.
‘Stories Towards Regeneration’ was a creative community project led by local businesses, River Road Interactive Learning and Wildflower Holistic Services, in response to the Supporting Communities in Recovery Grant funding from SWSPHN – through the Australian Government’s PHN Program.
At River Road and Wildflowers, we recognize that storytelling is an ancient and valuable art that extends around the globe. From campfires and dinner tables, to theatres and long drives, storytelling is ingrained within the essence of who we are, as we know that there is a story in all of us worth sharing.
In response to the 2019/2020 bushfires that affected the Wollondilly and Wingecarribee areas, we are called upon the community to come together and share their stories to create a unique storybook of struggle, triumph and hope.
‘Stories Towards Regeneration’ will allowed community members to participate in a series of wellbeing and creative workshops, as well as individual sessions to process and unpack their experience, as well as learn new creative and technical skills to produce their own story and creative output - all of which now sit on a dedicated interactive website, so everyone will have an opportunity to see this project come to life.
Everyone has a story to tell. Whether you were directly affected by the fires, know someone who was, or observed any aspects of the event including the efforts of fire and rescue, this project was about creating space to transform your experiences into creative expression. Our project vision was to create a unique storybook combining art, songs, spoken word, painting, film, photography and mixed media.