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This year – fill a young person with colours!

By January 4, 2018 December 6th, 2019 No Comments

“Triple Care Farm has filled me in with really bright colours.”

One of the students at the farm speaks these words on a video – you can watch it here on our YouTube channel. Her opening line, regarding life before the farm was:

‘It was dark for me and nothing was bright.’

Filling in a young person with colours is a powerful analogy and brings, to my mind, a work of art not yet finished, or a story ready to be continued in a previously undreamt of direction.

It also makes me think of the young people who come to the farm with spaces within, previously taken up by drug taking or dangerous self-injurious behaviour. At TCF these voids are filled by nurturing staff, by care and support, counselling and listening.

Also poured into the empty spaces are skills and certificates and a toolbox full of new coping strategies. Added and blended are self-belief and renewed self-esteem as a result of the increasing levels of education and training.

A young person going through the Triple Care Farm rehab program and learning how to manage their addiction and mental health is a work in progress. We should never underestimate the enormity of the challenge that addiction presents. No-one ever chooses to face addiction or the dark coloured world that it brings.

Thanks to your support and the dedication of the staff at TCF, young people can choose a different path and give themselves the opportunity to paint a picture they’d like to see themselves in.

A picture and a future filled with bright colours.

Anna Martin Beaumont