Each year, Abseil for Youth raises much needed funds for Triple Care Farm, the Foundation's major funding project located in rural NSW. This award-winning residential rehab and treatment program helps young people (16-24yrs) from across Australia to turn their lives around.
The Farm provides an ideal environment of peace and healing for emotionally hurt and troubled youth, most of whom present with co-morbid conditions of drug & alcohol addiction and mental illness. A staggering one in three have previously attempted suicide.
Triple Care Farm takes a holistic approach and provides an individualised treatment plan for each young person, over a 12 week period. The students build caring, consistent relationships with the staff, creating an atmosphere of safety and security. Over half of participants were homeless prior to arriving and many have never experienced stable accommodation. The Farm re-builds broken lives, by gently helping young people to untangle their problems while equipping them with the skills to make a positive change in their lives.
During their stay, students receive personal counselling from psychologists, family mediation (if required), group sessions and other educational programs on overcoming addiction. The young people become part of an extended family and participate in communal household activities which help them to develop their social and living skills. They also take part in a variety of courses (some accredited) such as landscaping, farming, forklift operation, panel beating, spray painting, woodworking, art, music, literacy, numeracy, and computer skills.
Triple Care Farm is believed to be one of the most successful programs of its kind in Australia, with the majority of graduates moving into jobs, apprenticeships or further education. Upon graduating, the students are placed in supportive environments such as group homes, back with families or independent living. Follow-up and support in the community continues for six months after the students leave the Farm.
In May this year, Triple Care Farm won the Excellence in Quality Development award at the NSW Non-Government Drug and Alcohol Awards for its contribution to building capacity of the sector to deliver quality services to reduce drug and alcohol related harms.
In 2013, Triple Care Farm received a Silver Achievement Award in Excellence in Clinical and Non-Clinical Service Delivery category at the Mental Health Services Conference for ongoing provision of a quality residential rehab program for young people. In 2010 it received a Silver Award at the Mental Health Services Conference, and in 2009 it received the Excellence in Services for Young People at the National Drug and Alcohol Awards.
It's clear to see that Triple Care Farm works. Each year over 100 young people graduate from the program and re-enter society with newfound self-esteem, skills, and the dedication to maintain sustained change in their lives.
Some of these young people will be joining us this year's Abseil for Youth, to further demonstrate their bravery. We hope that you too can join them in facing your fears just like they must face theirs each day on their recovery.
Please show the young people at the Farm that you believe in them.