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sirdavid-close-up thumbSir David Martin Foundation is a non-profit organisation created in 1990 by the late Governor of NSW, Sir David Martin, who had a dream of "safety, hope and opportunity for all young Australians".

Sir David Martin Foundation is a charity dedicated to helping young people in crisis. We fund programs to support young people suffering from problems such as substance addiction, homelessness, mental illness, disengagement from society, abuse, unemployment and family breakdown. These programs provide treatment and support for these issues, as well as assist young people in returning to education and training to find pathways to employment and a healthy, productive life.

Our Goal is to fund effective programs that help young people in crisis regain their health, get off the streets and achieve their goals.
Our Vision is to create an environment where young people can grow in safety, with hope and opportunity. 

Sir David Martin Foundation currently supports the following Mission Australia programs:

Triple Care Farm

An award-winning residential rehabilitation facility in Robertson, NSW, that provides 16-24 year olds with treatment and support for drug and alcohol addiction and mental illness.

      Triple Care Farm withdrawal unit

       Triple Care Farm withdrawal unit, David Martin Place, is a youth drug and alcohol detox facility that helps 100 young                 people aged 16-24 to detox from drugs and alcohol each year. It is the first detox facility of its kind in New South Wales.

The Foundation also helps support young people pursuing further education or entering the workforce through the Sir David Martin Foundation Scholarship Fund. 

Our Foundation

Sir David Martin Foundation is run by a small team of passionate staff and volunteers who raise money to support particular Mission Australia programs that deliver high levels of care and encouragement, allowing homeless and troubled young people to regain their health, develop a new sense of self-belief and turn their lives around.

Our Core Values

We strive to be:

  • Respectful | We strive to be respectful to both our supporters and clients and always treat them with dignity. We value compassion, customer service and meeting the needs of people on an individual basis.

  • Committed | We are committed and dedicated to the work we do. We remain devoted to our cause, no matter what challenges present. Our commitment mirrors the ceaseless effort of front line staff.

  • Effective | We focus on being efficient as a fundraising organisation and funding effective programs that change lives. Our constantly measured programs have proven outcomes and follow best practice. We strive to operate in a sustainable manner.

  • Honest | We seek to be honest at all times. We aim to act with integrity and to live out our values. We make every effort to be transparent and accountable in our dealings and recognise and appreciate the trust that donors place in us.

One in 3 homeless young people say they are homeless because they are unable to afford housing costs or find work...

Homeless youth are much more likely to have alcohol and drug problems, mental illness and trouble with the law...

33% of youth aged 16 and 17 years have tried at least one type of illegal substance including; cannabis, hallucinogens, amphetamines, ecstasy, opiates or cocaine...

Over 100,000 Australians are homeless on any given night, of which at least 44,000 are aged 12 to 25...