Buttery Blog

David is passionate about helping

2020-06-30T12:35:07+10:00May 23rd, 2020|Be inspired|

Your invitation to join The Buttery Recovery Circle Although he is a dedicated member of The Buttery’s Team, David Dalton makes an additional contribution to the work of the Buttery each week as a member of The Recovery Circle. As Program Coordinator of The Buttery’s Maintenance to Abstinence Program, David [...]

The happiest dishwasher in Byron Bay

2020-06-30T12:36:20+10:00May 23rd, 2020|Be inspired|

Wade, drug free says he has a new sense of who he really is “As a kid I was smart, but no good at sport. I just wanted to fit in, to be cool. So to be popular I used drugs and started dealing,” said former Buttery resident, Wade. [...]

Your mental wellbeing during the pandemic

2020-06-30T12:37:05+10:00May 23rd, 2020|Be inspired|

The level of anxiety symptoms across the community is increasing with the rise in Coronavirus cases. It is important to manage our stress before it becomes debilitating anxiety. It is to be expected that people will experience great stress and increased anxiety symptoms due to the pandemic. If you are [...]

CORE achieves improved recovery rates thanks to increased support

2020-06-30T12:38:04+10:00May 23rd, 2020|Be inspired|

Tanya Magnay, CORE Coordinator The Buttery’s new Relapse Prevention Program, is improving recovery outcomes for people who take part The Buttery’s CORE “day-hab” program. The relapse prevention component is funded by Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation and other philanthropy. Thanks to this support, counsellor, Geoffrey Carthy has joined the team and [...]

We are responding pro-actively to the Covid19 crisis

2020-06-30T12:38:59+10:00May 23rd, 2020|Be inspired|

Programs Manager, Frances Pidcock is fast-tracking development of a new recovery app Due to the pandemic, people with mental health and substance use and/or gambling issues need support more than ever. With rising anxiety levels and reported increases in substance use and gambling, there has been a sharp increase in [...]

Program expands to serve more families

2020-06-30T12:43:35+10:00November 22nd, 2019|Be inspired|

It has been a big year for our Family Support program, which is funded entirely from donations. The service has been growing over time and started operating as a four-day-a-week program and has employed a new family worker on for the additional day, sharing the load with much-loved Family Support worker Lily Schmelzle. Although [...]

New program, f2w, helps support people with mental health issues

2020-06-30T12:48:09+10:00November 18th, 2019|Be inspired|

F2W team: Stuart Nunan, Manager Footprints2Wellbeing and Community Outreach Manager, Frances Pidcock In September 2019, The Buttery rolled out a new counselling program as part of an innovative consortium, to better support people with mental health issues manage their daily lives. The Footprints 2 Wellbeing (f2w), available from Tweed Heads to Port Macquarie, supports [...]

Report from our Chair and CEO

2020-06-30T12:50:03+10:00November 18th, 2019|Be inspired|

The Buttery has gone from strength to strength in the last 12 months. We acknowledge the Board of Directors, the Foundation Committee, our donors, funding bodies and importantly our committed, compassionate and talented staff. We are extremely grateful to have staff who care so much about the people they work with, about each other and [...]

Against the odds: Former Buttery resident Kaiden is mentor, artist and athlete.

2020-06-25T23:07:27+10:00November 1st, 2019|Addiction, Be inspired, Proven strategies, Rehab|

Buttery staff can often be overheard talking in awe about the achievements of Kaiden Powell - the 2015 Therapeutic Community resident-turned-mentor, artist and athlete. At 25, Kaiden Powell was in and out of out of mental health units or sleeping rough. He had attempted to take his own life and when doctors took a [...]

Buttery program has been an ‘Anti-Fight club’ for Casino High

2020-06-30T12:57:09+10:00May 27th, 2019|Altruism, Be inspired, Early intervention, Happiness, Proven strategies|

Every day, The Buttery sees the benefits of early intervention programs such as the Therapeutic Mixed Martial Arts program for at-risk youth in Lismore and Casino. Many young people in our community find themselves at a crossroads, and without the right support can easily find themselves on a path of hard drug use and [...]