Hope Springs Community Farm
Hope Springs Community Farm is a residential rehabilitation program for adults affected by their alcohol and other drug misuse. The Farm is based on a Therapeutic Community model where residents take part in day to day activities which recreate true- to- life experiences.
Working on farm projects, connecting with the local community and undertaking work skills training are key aspects of the program. Residents receive hands-on training, some of which can be accredited, and can learn about a range of vocations including horticulture, handicrafts (such as jewellery making and woodworking) or even artisan bread-making. Each day, the emphasis is on living and working together to build resilience and confidence to deal with the issues that have led to alcohol and drug dependency. The program also features group, peer, and individual counselling and coordinated free time activities. In this setting, it is the community itself, and the relationships that are created within it, that are the catalysts for change.
The program starts at heritage listed Rosella House in Geraldton, and then continues at Hope Springs Community Farm, 40kms away.