11 August 2022

Agfest is a multi-award-winning agricultural event organised by Rural Youth Tasmania volunteer members.

Inside a white marquee with two tables set up with colourful ceramic garden art in front of a Life Without Barriers sign.

Agfest is an annual event running from the 24th to the 27th of August in Tasmania. Rural Youth volunteers have organised Agfest in Tasmania for 40 years, delivering an exciting and fun event for the whole family.

Come down and chat to Life Without Barriers at Agfest

We will be at site 820, Eighth Ave, sharing information on all our Tasmanian services, with current Foster Carers and specialist staff available to answer any questions about Foster Care and available services in the area. Our stall is colourful, engaging and full of life, with a range of activities for children. Our team will also be able to discuss potential employment options across our service areas.

White marquee with colourful Life Without Barriers signs.

Tassie kids need Foster Carers

In Tasmania, there is a critical need for Foster Carers to support young people. Local Carers Georgie and Mitch say, “We know there is such a great need in Tasmania based on how often we are called to take an additional placement. It is very challenging when we are unable to provide that care and have to hope that a suitable Carer will be found in a timely fashion.”

If you have considered Foster Care, Georgie and Mitch want you to know it’s a life-changing experience.

“Our friends and family have welcomed new additions to our family with the young people in our care over the years, and we want to spread the word that if this is something you have been thinking of - whether you are single, young, old, child-free or have an established family - it is a remarkable opportunity for everyone involved.”

To learn more about foster care and if it’s right for you, stop by our Agfest stall to talk to our team and local Foster Carer, Katie Wells.

Katie is a foster care ambassador and assessor and is about to start training the next generation of Carers. With 19 years of experience across everything from emergency and respite care to primary care and restoration (reunion with birth parents), Katie is ready to answer your questions.

If you can't make it to Agfest, call our local team on 0472 869 969 or join our free Foster Care Webinar on Wednesday 28 September at 6pm to learn more.

Foster Care Ambassador Katie standing outside. She is facing away for the camera and 'Be a Foster Carer ask me how' is printed on her shirt.

Handmade art creations from our Disability Art Program

Life Without Barriers’ Disability Art Programs bring out the creative side in the people we support, and a range of their handcrafted items will be showcased and for sale to the public at Agfest.

These unique pieces include a range of beautiful ceramic garden art in all shapes and colours – mushrooms, poppies, birds and flowers! We will also have handcrafted aromatic products such as candles, wax melts and soaps available.

Prices start at just $5, so there is something to suit every budget, and we think the creations will make great Fathers’ Day gifts! Profits from all sales are distributed back to the individual artists and our Disability Art Programs to help cover materials and additional resources.

Ceramic garden art in the shape of birds and flowers.

Fun for the kids with Ashgrove Cheese

We continue to partner with Tasmanian family-owned dairy, Ashgrove Cheese, to bring a fun activity for the kids!

At the Life Without Barriers marquee, we will have cow masks for children and an activity where they can create and decorate their own "Cow Rock". We will also be handing out flyers for people to take to the Ashgrove site to receive a special cheesy moo-gift when they wear their cow masks and say MOO!

Together with Ashgrove cheese, we are focused on creating awareness of the essential need for young people to be nurtured and cared for in the community and encouraging people to consider becoming a Foster Carer.

A rock handpainted to look like a black and white cow.

Event details

Date: 24 – 27 August

Time: 8am – 4pm

Location: Quercus Park, 415 Oaks Road, Carrick, Tasmania.

For more information or to book your ticket, visit the Agfest website

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