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The Ted Noffs Foundation was founded by the great Australian humanitarian, Reverend Ted Noffs, in 1970. During his remarkable career of pioneering initiatives for young people, Ted Noffs established Sydney’s first 24 hour crisis centre in 1968, set up the first Drug Referral Centre in Sydney in 1967, co-founded the Aboriginal Affairs Foundation in 1962 and was the co-founder of Lifeline in 1963.
The Ted Noffs Foundation today continues the legacy of Ted Noffs by providing essential services for young people and their families who are experiencing drug and alcohol problems and related trauma. Its range of programs for young people are all based on leading research, continually evaluated and government endorsed.
- PALM - the Program for Adolescent Life Management - residential programs of up to three months for young people with serious alcohol and substance use problems in five locations in Australia.
- Noffs provides day programs for young people in the early stages of drug or alcohol experimentation, which comprise individual and group counselling, training and outdoor activities like abseiling.
- Noffs Schools Program provides counselling and support for young people within their own school.
- Noffs provides out-client counselling for individuals and families.
- Noffs runs a variety of support groups and other services for families and carers.
- Noffs runs the Street University, a recently created free educational, artistic and recreational centre for young people in Liverpool and surrounding areas.
- Noffs is committed to being a source of information and advice to Government and care providers.
- Noffs is a leader in researching and evaluating new programs
- Noffs is an advocate for best practice in drug and alcohol provision, prevention and treatment services.
The Ted Noffs Foundation’s programs are not band-aid solutions. They are comprehensive life management programs, designed to equip youth in need with the skills to better manage their own lives. In essence – to help them help themselves.
The Ted Noffs Foundation is a secular organisation, and is not affiliated with any religious group or organisation.