The University Community Gardens

If you have a green thumb a great way to help out the local community, is through the University’s Community Gardens.

UC Community Gardens
UC Community Gardens

Community gardens have a few important benefits:
1. You don’t need gardening experience to be involved as the hands on work will teach you as you go.
2. These gardens reinforce a sense of community, and allow people to connect with other individuals in their area.
3. They promote physical activity and a connection with the environment.
4. The gardens give people who are involved access to healthy organic fruits, vegetables and herbs. Mmm food…

What’s that you say? Enjoying the great outdoors, making new friends, and taking home healthy produce that you’ve grown yourself! Which you may or may not share with hungry flatmates…
It’s too good to be true. Ah but it isn’t, and anyone can become a volunteer! No wonder hippies are so happy!

There are two community gardens on the University campus needing your help. The first is Okeover Community Garden, located via the path leading from Engineering Rd, beside Okeover Stream. And don’t worry Dovedale, we didn’t forget about you guys this time! There is also a Community Garden on the Dovedale Campus via the road from Solway Avenue.

Check them out!

Beautiful Identities App

Hazel Guyan, a UC graduate from 2014 has created a website app directed towards young people who suffer from mental or physical illnesses and disabilities. The app called “Beautiful Identities” provides inspiration and encourages a positive attitude from individuals coming to terms with a diagnosis. Guyan has created a community which provides support for those who need it. Here’s the full story…

If you need advice on how to cope with mental illness or a physical disability contact the UC Student Support team. They’re professionals  who want to help and you don’t need to go it alone.

Student Volunteer Army work in Ilam and Riccarton

In May 2014 the University of Canterbury’s Student Volunteer Army (SVA) worked together with law firm, Duncan Cotterill to help out in the local Christchurch community. This year the SVA will focus on the area around Ilam and Riccarton to forge a positive relationship between the students and the local residents.  Duties carried out by the volunteers included gardening, baking, cleaning graffiti and other general maintenance.  Currently the SVA, which is a club on campus, has over 1300 members. Further community projects are planned for the remainder of the year and anyone can join! Sign up here…

UC Student Volunteer Army helping the community.
UC Student Volunteer Army helping the community.