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Welcome to the Sir David Martin Foundation Blog. Our General Manager posts regular updates, and we invite occasional guest bloggers, such as our Ambassadors.

Choice, opportunity and belonging

Choice, opportunity and belonging

Being a Governor on the Board of the Sir David Martin Foundation gives me cause to think about choice, opportunity and belonging.

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Hope for young Australians

Hope for young Australians

As the librarian at Royal Australian Naval College, HMAS Creswell, I work in an environment where I have the pleasure and satisfaction of seeing young people embark on a career in the defence force. In most cases they've been supported by a network of family members and friends who have guided, mentored and advised throughout this lengthy process.

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Why I Support Sir David Martin Foundation

Why I Support Sir David Martin Foundation

Boxing is more than just a hobby, sport or exercise to get fit. For me, boxing has become a way of life, which I discovered when I was a teenager. I grew up in a tough neighbourhood in the UK and boxing became both a passion and discipline for me, which kept me fit, focused, and out of trouble.

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Conquering Jamberoo Mountain

Conquering Jamberoo Mountain

It's not Mount Everest, but Jamberoo Mountain became my obsession for a few months last year.

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Not giving up

Not giving up

The young people at Triple Care Farm inspire me in my role at Sir David Martin Foundation. Meeting Matthew* on one of my recent visits to the Farm was particularly inspiring.

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The truth of the Ice Epidemic

The truth of the Ice Epidemic

Earlier this year I attended a conference on the ‘Ice Epidemic’.  It was fascinating to hear from academics, researchers, social workers and health practitioners, all who offered different perspectives on this topic, which has been so visible in the press and in our community over the last 2 years.

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Two things this week revealed to me how powerful respect can be – its absence and its presence.

Firstly, a few words on disrespect. 

State of Origins are by far my favourite games of footy (league). Last night’s Blues victory was hard fought and deserved and I can’t wait for the third game up in Queensland. 

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May Blog: Urgent appeal to address the Ice Epidemic

May Blog: Urgent appeal to address the Ice Epidemic

I’m not going to mince words here — this is a desperate time. Our society is under attack by the scourge of ‘ice’. Every day young lives are being ruined by this evil drug. 

This month, we have launched a special appeal to help make the solution to this epidemic, a reality. Please hear me out. 

As you know, each year, Triple Care Farm (which we fund and is operated by Mission Australia) offers 100 young people, who arrive at rock bottom facing life on the streets, jail or an early grave; a last chance to turn their lives around.

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March Blog: Reflections on the Ride

March Blog: Reflections on the Ride

Monday 2nd March. I sit here in tired satisfaction and a little pain, reflecting back on yesterday. Instead of relaxing at home with the family I joined the inaugural 145Classic: Ride for Youth.

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January Blog: Happy New Year!

It's back to work now after a wonderful Christmas break! Maddy in our team challenged me to write a blog entry but in the flux between ‘holiday mode’ and ‘work mode’ instead of focusing on one thought, there are lots of ideas buzzing around my head.

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July Blog: TCF Outcomes Data just released

In July each year we get the annual Triple Care Farm outcomes report.  This is a significant piece of research, and the culmination of marrying your generosity to the professionalism of the Farm staff and the bravery of the Students. 

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June Blog: The Bravery of Youth

Last October saw one of the most frightening – and thrilling – days of my life. 

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May Blog: What is Success?

What is success?

I had a long conversation recently with the Triple Care Farm Manager, Gab Holmes, about the Farm’s 2013 results.  I was worried that there was a low ‘graduation rate’ included in the 2013 and wanted to know whether this reflected an issue with the program and student’s progress from it, or something else.

What followed was a detailed discussion about what constitutes ‘success’ for the young people coming to the Farm.  

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January Blog: What Lies Beneath...

This week I was contacted this week by a Graduate of Triple Care Farm.  The lady got in touch via email, and her email signature showed she was working in a successful and interesting career.  I guess the Farm, and other interventions, helped get her life back on track.

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December Blog: The Knot Unravelled

December at Triple Care Farm marks the end of the Semester, the end of the year, and the chance to celebrate the amazing transformations of Students who have been through the program. Around 100 young people arrive at Triple Care Farm each year with their lives a tangled knot of problems like addiction, trauma, homelessness and mental health issues.  
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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...