The support Linley received at youth drug and alcohol rehab, Triple Care Farm, changed her life.
Linley came to Triple Care Farm from Wiradjuri, Dubbo NSW. With a history of abandonment and neglect, Linley spent many years in the Foster Care system and came to the farm with multiple drug and alcohol addictions.
The first few weeks in the program were difficult for Linley as she felt she wasn’t fitting in and was missing Country; at times becoming abusive to staff and students, assuming they would give up on her. Staff, however, did not give up and so her walls began to come down, allowing her to form valuable friendships and connections.
As her confidence grew she began to reengage with education, although hesitantly as she hadn’t been in any formal education since Year 8 at school.
Surprising both herself and the staff, Linley completed the Certificate II Work Skills & Vocational Training, Horticulture, Barista Course, First Aid Course, Tractor Operations, Metal Work and Music by the end of her time at the farm.
Having the opportunity to complete these courses gave her the skills she needed and now she dreams of pursuing further training back in the community.
Her time at the farm filled her with hope. She went on to accomplish great things in her community, reconnected with her family and returned as a role model to her young siblings.
“I believe I’ve shown them that anything is possible with hard work,” she said.
Seven months after graduating, Linley is looking after her 17-year-old brother and is living in independent accommodation. She is also attending TAFE (Technical and Further Education) and studying Certificate II in Parks and Garden Management, with ambitions to become a Parks and Garden Ranger.
Linley has worked hard to overcome drug and alcohol addiction and having received the right support, her life is brighter than it has ever been.
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