New transition accommodation to empower Indigenous women

29 May 2024

For just over two years, The Glen for Women has been giving First Nations women a second chance at life. The Glen for Women is now set to strengthen, with The Glen Group’s vision for a female-only transition facility becoming a reality.

The Glen for Women transition program looks to replicate its successful drug and alcohol rehabilitation and transition program for Aboriginal men (The Glen for Men), which has been operating for over 15 years.

The transition program will provide a safe housing space for women to obtain job-skills training, employment opportunities and social support services as they transition back into the community.

Located in Wyong, NSW, on Darkinjung Country, the new accommodation space will be available for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous women who have completed the residential program at The Glen for Women Rehabilitation Centre.

Over $2.7 million of funding has been provided by the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation (ILSC) to assist The Glen Group acquire the property, which will accommodate up to 40 women each year. The acquisition of the property was announced today, featuring an Acknowledgement to Country and dance by The Glen for Women. Clients were also provided an opportunity to share inspiring stories about their recovery and betterment.

“Knowing that there will be a transition house that will be able to help more women in recovery, gives hope to me and so many other women, I’m comforted knowing other women will be given the opportunity to live a life free from addiction and go home healthy to their families and communities,” said an ex-resident of The Glen for Women (anonymous).

With more than 145 females having been admitted into the program, clients have been provided with a new sense of hope and empowerment.

ILSC Group Chair, Ian Hamm, emphasised the importance of holistic health care services for First Nations peoples, particularly those in vulnerable circumstances.

“The ILSC’s investment in this project demonstrates our ongoing commitment to placing people and community at the heart of everything we do,” said Mr Hamm.

“We are proud to have been part of this initiative, which will see additional support services available to those in our community who need it most.

“The Glen Group proudly delivers a proven service, deeply rooted in cultural identity and the betterment of vulnerable individuals. We extend our appreciation to them for their tireless efforts.”

The Glen Chairperson, Ms Cheryl Bailey, said “the transition program will give Indigenous women the same opportunity as The Glen for Men’s male clients.”

“The Glen Group is very grateful for the support of our women.”

Through partnerships, dedication, and community support, The Glen Group continues to make a material difference in the lives of First Nations men and women.

Announcement of the The Glen for Women (c) Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation

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