Mercy Services provide a range of services to help parents and to help those with alcohol or other drug issues:
McAuley Parenting Program is part of a consortium led by The Samaritans Foundation. We have one Family Worker who provides support to Parents of at-risk families, in the Newcastle / Lake Macquarie areas. The Family Worker visits families in their home and supports parents by assisting them to address issues of importance to themselves and their children. All referrals must be accepted by the Family and Community Services for their Brighter Futures program.
McAuley Outreach Service provides a home based counselling service for parents (with young children) who have drug and/or alcohol problems affecting the family function. The service is wholly funded by NSW Health Department and HNE Health. A limited number of houses are available for short to medium term (6-24 months) at Public Housing rent to assist clients establish a healthy lifestyle.
Brighton House offers men who are ready to take responsibility for their own recovery a chance to sustain and enjoy a drug free lifestyle in a supportive and friendly environment. Men can live in the house for up to 12 months and must pay board and participate in a 12 step program.
Bronte House can accommodate three women at any one time who are ready to take responsibility for their own recovery a chance to sustain and enjoy a drug free lifestyle in a supportive and friendly environment. It is located in a suburban area approximately 10kms from the centre of Newcastle. Women can live in the house for up to 12 months and must pay board and participate in a 12 step program.
Holyoake group programs support people who have concerns about their own substance use (Pathways to Change Groups for men and women), or who are affected by family members’ substance use (Changing Focus Group).