The Glen Rehabilitation Centre in Chittaway Point has been awarded the Outstanding Community Organisation Award for 2021 from Business NSW.
The Centre was bestowed with the award on November 25 at a virtual awards ceremony.
The Glen Rehabilitation Executive Director, Joe Coyte, said: “The Glen is all about helping people, and it is awesome that we have been recognised amongst many great organisations for our ability to continue to do what we love to do in the difficult times we have all faced and are all facing.
“The goal now for The Glen is to continue to help more people while we grow in size with The Glen for Women opening in April 2022,” Coyte said.
The Glen was founded in 1994 by Ngaimpe Aboriginal Corporation and is the only male-specific Central Coast Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre that provide opportunities for drug and alcohol rehabilitation for Indigenous and non-Indigenous men from all over NSW.
The centre offers a holistic approach to treating addiction by looking at potential causes for addictive behaviours, as well as encouraging clients to take control of their lives and to live a good and fun life by coming active members of their family and community.
The Glen’s program is based on Indigenous values and spirituality with a heavy emphasis on the individual and the consequences of the individual’s choices.
This is achieved through one-to-one counselling, group sessions, work programs, sport and self-help meetings.
The program runs for 12 weeks, where clients are offered group work, individual counselling, case management, educational support, work programs, sporting activities, acupuncture and various specialised counselling services such as grief and trauma, financial, gambling, parenting and anger management.
After these 12 weeks, clients may move into the transitional program where they are supported to obtain qualifications, build work skills, reconnect with their families, and find suitable employment and housing.
The Glen also provides outreach support post-treatment and delivers drug and alcohol education talks in the community.
The Glen for Women when it opens, will be the first culturally specific drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre for women in Australia.
Business NSW Regional Manager Director, Paula Martin, said “following the recent Central Coast Regional Business Awards, nine local businesses escalated to the State Categories, and we had two local businesses win Awards with the Australian Reptile Park taking the top gong.
“The Glen has been awarded the NSW Outstanding Community Organisation and Australian Reptile Park was awarded NSE Excellence in Business.
“Central Coast businesses by their very nature are optimistic people, while they continued to open their doors each day where possible and employ locals, they have been well and truly tested over the past two years.
“These awards recognise a job very well done, and all businesses should be encouraged to keep doing what they do every single day,” Martin said.