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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.

Taking the big step down (33 storeys!) to help our youth up

Taking the big step down (33 storeys!) to help our youth up

Why am I abseiling 135 metres down a skyscraper you may ask?

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Martha's First Trip to Triple Care Farm

Martha's First Trip to Triple Care Farm

The farm was different to what I imagined it would be.

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My experience with alcohol & other drug use disorders

My experience with alcohol & other drug use disorders

Alcohol and other drug use disorders are notoriously difficult, but not impossible, to treat.

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Phenomenal Outcomes for Young People – Which You Made Possible

Phenomenal Outcomes for Young People – Which You Made Possible

As I reflect on the last wonderful twelve months, a famous Margaret Mead quote springs to mind; “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

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Four months in...I'm inspired

Four months in...I'm inspired

 

Over the last four months since joining our Foundation as the new General Manager, I’ve been deeply inspired by the broad range of individuals and organisations that choose to make a difference in the lives of a youth in crisis. 

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What happens after drug and alcohol detoxification?

What happens after drug and alcohol detoxification?

David Martin Place Aftercare Support Worker, Todd Beddie, shares about his experience with young people post-detox.

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Phone Stories - from Distress to Hope

Phone Stories - from Distress to Hope

A note from Jenny Leahy, SDMF Fundraising Coordinator, on the calls we receive from families every day.

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Now is the Time to Commit

Now is the Time to Commit

A note from Rob Woods, SDMF Board of Governor on the upcoming 145Classic: Ride for Youth.

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The War on Drugs – a Fresh Look at Addiction

The War on Drugs – a Fresh Look at Addiction

 

I recently finished reading a book called Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs by Johann Hari.

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Reflections

Reflections

 

This week marks my five year anniversary with the Sir David Martin Foundation and it will also be my last as I move on to another challenge and hand over the reins to a new General Manager.

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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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Why Philanthropists Enable Real Change

Why Philanthropists Enable Real Change

I was posed a question recently about why Triple Care Farm relies on Philanthropy – as opposed to Government funding, or charging fees. The answer is a complex one, but central to it is the power, consistency and flexibility that philanthropy offers.

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'Couch Surfing': the modern homelessness

'Couch Surfing': the modern homelessness

I recently house-sat for a family and had the joy of looking after their furry friends during my stay. Word spread quickly and, before long, I found myself house sitting for a few more families around Sydney in the following months. It was quite fun!

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Home for Christmas - everyone deserves one

Home for Christmas - everyone deserves one

Every day is the same. Some might be hot or cold or wet or windy, but each day for a homeless person feels the same. The boredom might be offset by concern or worry about losing your possessions or when someone wants to fight you or when your dog gets sick. Young people and old, they all face the same issues and they live from day to day and hand to mouth. This much I have discovered while spending some time travelling around with the Missionbeat van, as a volunteer.

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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...