Lions stalwarts John Reifler and Alan Scolari at Sherwood Glen yesterday.
Lions stalwarts John Reifler and Alan Scolari at Sherwood Glen yesterday. Trevor Veale

Local addicts given new hope

A NEW chance at a better life is now available for local women battling drug and alcohol addiction.

The Lions district governor, Peter Clarke, yesterday formally handed over three new self-contained units to the new Sherwood Glen centre, a sister unit to Sherwood Cliffs.

Sherwood Glen will offer drug and alcohol rehabilitation for single women and their children, building on the successful results of the Sherwood Cliffs facility, which caters for single men, couples and their families.

Local Lions clubs have been behind the women-only facility since Sherwood Cliff directors Honi and John Reifler first floated the idea several years ago.

Under the leadership of Coffs City Lions Alan Scolari, Lions District 2010N with the backing of Lions Club International Foundation and the Australian Lions Foundation have raised $70,000.

The money was originally intended to build one unit, however, with careful budgeting and the use of volunteer labour, the team at Sherwood Cliffs was able to build three units.

Once in operation, a two-bedroom unit will accommodate either two single women or one woman and her children.

Set on the peaceful and isolated 40-hectare property, Sherwood Glen is an ideal place for women to escape their demons and build a new life that’s drug and alcohol free.

The new centre is expected to be open next year and the completed facility is expected to eventually include seven units, two employee homes and a multi-purpose centre. Children are well catered for and can attend the nearby Sherwood Cliffs Christian School.

At the opening, five children currently at the centre sang two songs to the delight of the audience, including many Lions representatives and Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser.

It was a fitting tribute to the hope the Reiflers offer, not just to the reformed addicts, but to their children as well.



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