August 7th, 2018 was a special day as it marked one year since the first young people took part in the withdrawal unit at Triple Care Farm.
It started with a conversation between Sir David Martin Foundation and Mission Australia in 2013 as to how we can help more young people.
It was identified that a youth - specific withdrawal unit was a significant need in the community. The foundation worked in partnership with Mission Australia to bring all the stakeholders together necessary to make this dream a reality.
We engaged with government and philanthropic investors who shared our vision to help young people escape addiction before their lives go off track. Over the course of 3 years since that first conversation, we were able to bring people together to raise the money and make sure this service was available for young people to break that cycle of addiction.
The detox services previously available to young people were intimidating and inappropriate. Often, they would need to detox with adults - people much further into their addiction. It didn't meet their needs and didn't support them to make any change - in fact, it frightened them away from the process altogether.
Young people who have been through the program describe it as being "more like home than a hospital."
Thanks to the generosity of the community, young people now have a safe place turn their lives around. In honour of Sir David Martin, the detox unit is named David Martin Place and will continue to carry his legacy of "safety, hope and opportunity for all young Australians" for years to come.
Thank you for helping make this possible.
Learn more abou the program here.