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Garden makeover for youth mental health residential facility

Canberra, ACT

This mental health facility for young people is having a backyard blitz, and they need your help!

Got a green thumb? Your donations of gardening supplies will do the world of good this Christmas. Potting mix, turf, clean fill, sand - they need the lot!

CatholicCare STEPS (Supporting young people Through Early intervention and Prevention Strategies) is a voluntary mental health residential program. STEPS supports teenagers aged 13 - 18 who are experiencing moderate to severe mental health issues for up to three months. These issues are often caused by trauma or family dynamics.

Participants are involved in a range of social and therapeutic activities, and are supported to develop skills and resources to manage health and emotional wellbeing in the future. 

STEPS is seeking community support to renovate their underutilised outdoor area. Although an important space, it's in urgent need of some TLC. STEPS are seeking donations of a range of gardening supplies including plants, pitting mix, clean fill and other materials for their outdoor makeover.

Research has overwhelmingly shown links between spending time outdoors and improved mental health. Once complete, this garden will be the perfect space 

Once complete, the garden will be the perfect space for residents to have some quiet time to themselves, participate in gardening or art therapy, to meet with staff and service providers, or to spend time with their families or therapy dogs.

Your generous donation will help CatholicCare STEPS create an outdoor environment that is safe, peaceful and inviting for teenagers who are having a tough time.

Please give generously via one of the options below.


Donate items


  • Photinia robusta (hedge) - 1m height | Donate here
  • Bedding plants (kayaks) - 60mm - 150mm pots | Donate here
  • Myoporum parvifolium (ground cover) - 150mm pots | Donate here

Potting mix in 25L bags | Donate here

Clean fill | Donate here

STEPS require a range of items and supplies in addition to what's shown above. You can view the full list here.

If you're a Canberra local, STEPS can pick up your donation within 20 kilometres of Watson, ACT.

Donate money

100% of funds received for this appeal will be used by GIVIT to purchase gardening supplies and items for the CatholicCare STEPS garden makeover. To donate funds, simply click the link and write 'Garden makeover for youth mental health residential facility' in the comments.

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