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Program expands to serve more families

2020-04-15T22:31:18+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

2019-11-18T12:49:13+11:00November 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 people [...]

Report from our Chair and CEO

2019-11-18T11:50:17+11:00November 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.

2019-11-01T15:47:40+11:00November 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 scan [...]

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

2020-04-15T22:34:08+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 [...]

The Family Program gently led me from heartbreak to healing

2019-05-29T16:11:49+10:00April 17th, 2019|Addiction, Be inspired, Rehab, Stress, Wellbeing|

Karen* admits she was at the end of her tether when she has referred to The Buttery’s Family Counselling Program two years ago. The program, funded wholly by donations, has been a vital part of The Buttery’s services, since 2009. Karen, her partner and ex-husband are among the staggering number of 250 program participants seen [...]

“A dance between connection and separation”: A Family’s Understanding of Developmental Processes in Addiction

2020-04-15T22:44:57+10:00April 1st, 2019|Addiction, Alcohol, Be inspired, Buttery research|

Recently, Lily Schmelzle, The Buttery’s Family Support Program Manager, gave a moving, nuanced and evidence-based presentation to Buttery staff titled: Developmental Processes and how it plays out in addiction within families. We thought it would be valuable for anyone with a loved one experiencing drug misuse. Lily Schmelzle: The Buttery’s Family Support Program Manager [...]