Phone (02) 6123-2400
PO Box 132
WATSON ACT 2602
Web Address: https://noffs.org.au
The Ted Noffs Foundation’s Program for Adolescent Life Management (PALM) is a ten bed community for 13 to 18 year old young people who have experienced problems with their drug or alcohol use and who wish to get their lives back on track.
Surrounded by bush and farmland on a five acre block near the edge of Canberra in Watson, PALM provides a safe and healthy environment where you can get the support you need to work through your problems and develop the skills to make positive changes in your life. You can stay for up to three months but we are also happy to work with you to plan a shorter period that will meet your particular needs.
In your time at PALM you’ll be able to work with individual counsellors and in groups to tackle any problems that drugs or alcohol have caused for you and to investigate ways to cope with pressure and have a happier and more productive lifestyle. We’re also able to offer assistance in dealing with family problems, issues around involvement in crime and mental health concerns. There is also a detox facility attached to PALM for any people who need to withdraw from the physical effects of drugs before they start the program.
It’s not all hard work at PALM. We have a structured program of recreational and fitness activities that includes trips to the movies, gym, bushwalking, bike riding, ice skating and so on. All residents are involved in making decisions about what activities will be on the program each week.
As part of the service we offer young people up to five years of further care once they have left PALM. Our Continuing Adolescent Life Management (CALM) program will keep in touch with you either through face-to-face meetings or by facebook and will provide ongoing support in dealing with any problems that you’re having. As well as helping you to avoid relapsing in to drug use, we’re able to assist you in looking for a job, going back to school or other education, finding accommodation and reconnecting with your family.
We have also opened up a 5 bedroom home for young people who have left PALM and need support to maintain a safe and affordable tenancy during their continued recovery. These young people are supported through CALM, our mentoring program, Take Hold and through our outreach support service, The Street University.
To enquire about coming to PALM, you can call us yourself or a parent or health worker can call on your behalf.