TCF is a residential rehab program funded by SDMF and delivered by Mission Australia that lasts 12 weeks - that means you live on the Farm during the program.
What is Triple Care Farm?
Triple Care Farm (TCF) is a safe place for change for young people who want to turn their lives around. TCF is a residential rehab program that lasts 12 weeks - that means you live on the Farm during the program. The team of staff can help you overcome drug and alcohol addictions. They're also really good at helping people who are also struggling with a mental health problem like depression, anxiety or bi-polar. The aim of TCF is to provide treatment but also to set you up with skills and coping mechanisms so that you really can make lasting change in your life and reach your goals. There is no judgement about where you've come from or what you've done in the past. TCF is about making the most of the future.
Who goes to Triple Care Farm?
Young men and women from all kinds of backgrounds come to the Farm. But they all share one thing in common: a problem with drugs and alcohol. Some other common issues among those who get help at the Farm are:
- mental health problems
- thinking about suicide
- homelessness or couch surfing
- family breakdown
- getting into trouble with the police
- problems at school
- finding it hard to hold down a job
What's it like living at Triple Care Farm?
There are 18 young people at TCF at any one time. There are 3 houses on the property, each with 6 bedrooms plus a separate room for a youth worker to stay. Each house has a living and dining room that you share and as a group you're responsible for cooking your own dinner and cleaning the house. The bedrooms are a private space with a lock on them, and you're allowed to make it feel more like home.
What activities happen at Triple Care Farm?
One of the main focusses of TCF is treatment for addiction. Counsellors can help you through group therapy where you can learn techniques to resist temptation and overcome your addiction. But that's not all that happens at the Farm. Activities on offer also include: counselling, education, building job skills, art, music and fun activities for your free time. Each young person gets an individualised timetable that's been especially created for their needs and interests.
Counselling | There are specially-trained counsellors on hand to support you and talk through any issues you have. Sessions are one-on-one and confidential. You also get a chance to choose which counsellor you feel most comfortable talking to.
Living Skills | While you're at the Farm, counsellors and youth workers can supervise you and help you build up general living skills. From cooking to cleaning, and budgeting to building positive relationships, staff can help you get ready to set yourself up for an independent life.
Education & Learning | Addiction or other problems in your life may have meant you struggled with school or didn't go on to Year 12. Qualified teachers are on hand to support you with lessons in reading, writing, maths or other areas where you'd like to improve. If you choose to, you can also complete a TAFE-accredited Certificate I while you're at TCF. This is an equivalent to a Year 12 Certificate and can help you get into other TAFE courses or further studies.
Job Training | There are heaps of activities at the Farm that can help you build up practical skills which will help you get a job. Teachers offer lessons in woodworks, forklift driving, landscaping, hospitality and metal works.
Art & Music | You can do art and music while at TCF, which can be a really good way of getting creative and expressing yourself.
Sport & Fitness | Trainers come in and do fitness sessions at the Farm twice a week. You can also have access to a gym and a basketball court during your free time.
Recreation | Staff at the Farm run plenty of activities during the evenings and on weekends. Whether excursions are going to the movies, kayaking, hiking or going to the beach, you're sure to have some fun!
Anything else I need to know?
TCF is not a detox program. That means you have to stop taking drugs before you start at the Farm. Unfortunately, TCF doesn't have the capacity to support young people through physical withdrawals from drugs. It's meant to support you to stay off drugs straight after you've gone through detox yourself (whether at home or at a detox service).
TCF is smoke free. Cigarettes and tobacco are not allowed.
Applying for TCF
If you think you would like to apply to come to Mission Australia's TCF, you can do it through our website.
There are a few steps involved, so please make sure you read through the Referral Procedures so there aren't any hold ups with your application.