Inside this issue:

1. The Glen in the News

2. The Glen events

3. Program Highlights

4. Thank you

5. Client Story

6. Client Stats

7. Meet the staff
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Ngaimpe News

CEO Report by Joe Coyte:

It has been a busy start to 2017 at The Glen. The program itself is going great guns with plenty of people being given an opportunity to change their life through entry into 'The Glen'. Currently the transition program (when clients stay after the 12 week program and get case management around training, employment and budgeting etc) is proving to be very popular with around 75% of people finishing the 12 week program applying for the transition program.

The Glen was lucky enough to receive some new funding in late 2016. This funding was through the newly established PHN (Primary Health Network) and it was the ICE money that was announced in 2015 by the federal government. The Glen recieved just over $200k for 18 months to help run the new beds in our transition program which we had build infrastructure already with the help of Bunnings (our Corporate Partner). The words I used to describe this new funding were: "The Glen doesn't celebrate getting funding, we celebrate getting great outcomes for clients. This funding should allow approx 50 new admissions to The Glen transition program next year so we will celebrate after 12 months with these people."

The Glen is concentrating the next 12-18 months on building income streams away from government funding. This is a new space for The Glen to be operating in but we are confident that we can do it and that it will add great value to The Glen as an organisation. The need to diversify income streams in today's highly volatile political environment is growing and The Glen can be an innovator in this field.

1. The Glen in the News
The Glen is very excited to show you a preview of an upcoming documentary we have filmed ourselves. We see, hear and read the news about the negative impact drugs and alcohol have on the community. The purpose of filming our own doco was show the other side - the positive stories of recovery and to offer those seeking help a bit of hope. We'll be releasing 4 videos over the next week on our Youtube ChannelFacebook, so please check them out, like & share! Watch Episode 1 now by clicking on the picture below:

In February, ORIC featured The Glen in it's monthly spotlight. Check out the article "Principles before Personality" here

We are also featured in a short film about the misuse of pharmaceuticals. This was filmed at one of our outings in Sydney with Babana Aboriginal Men's Group. 

Lastly, thanks to ClubsNSW for choosing the Glen as their nominated charity for this year's Charity Golf Day at Shelly Beach Golf Club. We are very excited that over $16,000 was raised to help support our program and projects. Article about the day featured in the Express Advocate: 

2. The Glen Events
Anti-ICE at Mt Druitt

It was a pleasure to host some strong ladies from Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation. We shared some stories and ideas, and were invited to their anti-ICE event where our boys danced:

3. Program Highlights
Thanks to Jono and Clean4Shore program, The Glen boys have their wetsuits on and once again in the local waterways removing all types of rubbish. It's a fun day out and also a way for The Glen to contribute to the community. 

The Glen's Summer of Sport
It's been a hot summer, but that hasn't stopped The Glen boys from being active - from watching some of the biggest games (The Big Bash, NRL All Stars, Central Coast Mariners and Newcastle Jets) to playing in the heat. We hosted a touch footy game against Dooralong Transformation Centre and we also play soccer every Wednesday night in the local Soccer 5s competition. Sport is fun a great way to re-connect to community. Here is some feedback from one of the early teams we played: 

"Hi Guys, Just a quick note to say how much of a pleasure it was playing against the guys at Soccer5s last night (Wednesday 18th Jan - 9:15pm). Your team was polite, fair and sportsmanlike throughout the whole game and made sure they shook everyone\'s hands afterwards - an absolute credit to those participating. Please pass on to whoever is involved - they are an excellent representation of your program."


To top this off, we spent a hot afternoon down in Gosford at Aquasplash. We were running around the course like kids again and it was definitely a game of tag to remember :) 

4. Thank You
The Glen has lost a long time staff member with Jimmy W (Surfy Jim) leaving us after 9 years. Surfer has been a massive part of The Glen in many different roles over the years. Surfer has helped thousands of men with substance abuse issues.
Our NEW gym has been opened since the beginning of the year and we want to thank all our funders for making it happen: This gym was the main item that we fundraised for at our hugely suiccesful trivia night event at Mingara in 2016.
  • Peter Sterling and Steve Mortimer for hosting last year's trivia night
  • Central Coast Council
  • David Harris MP
  • Mingara
  • ClubsNSW

5. Client Story
I come into The Glen 28th November 2016 after suffering from addiction for 8 years. I knew The Glen could put my life back together because it was all over the shop. From the start I knew I needed to be here although the first 12 weeks really tested me in living, caring for myself, emotionally and I only got through having faith in the program. After two weeks things started to get better, getting phone calls and speaking to family. The big one for me was working on myself to get stable and stronger in the mind.

My confidence started to come back to me and I was learning how to talk to people about myself and expressing my emotions. In entering the transition program it has opened up doors for me. I can see that I have hope. I have been out in the community doing community service work and I have found that now I am good at public speaking. I have loved  how The Glen program gets you out and into the community (part of). I am now employed and I am looking forward to keep on moving forward with my life.

Since July 2016, we have received 729  applications. During this period, applicants identified the following as their major drug of concern:
  • Amphetamine (Ice) 49%
  • Alcohol: 27%
  • Cannabis 13%
  • Other 11%

7. Meet the staff - Shane Knight
My name is Shane Knight, I am an aboriginal man from Bourke. I love working at The Glen because I see people gained living skills from the structure of the daily program. This helps in identifying and changing behaviours which have caused people to live the dysfunctional life through drug and alcohol addiction .

After coming to the glen as a client myself  in 2014 I gained passion and empathy for the drug and alcohol sector and felt that I could use my past experiences and living skills to better my life and the lives of others. I started working toward gaining the skills I needed to become a drug and alcohol worker and by the end of 2016 I had acheived formal qualifications.

The Glen has helped me regain my identity and dignity and to get back in touch with my spirituality and culture, something that had been taken away from me by drugs and alcohol. This month I started working at The Glen as a full which is my passion. The Glen centre gave me back my life and now I have the privilege of helping others to get their lives back on track.  

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