• Cheryl Bailey, Kylie Hartley, Lyn Smith, Kodie Elliot and Coral Hennessy. (The Glen)Source: The Glen
A rehab centre on the NSW central coast has been running a successful men’s program for 25 years - now it has been given approval to establish a women’s facility.
Rae Johnston

26 Nov 2020 - 1:52 AM  UPDATED 1 Dec 2020 - 3:57 PM

The board of the Glen Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre has been talking about opening a women's centre for years.

In April 2019, the Coalition government announced a $9 million grant for The Glen for the Women Transitional Group Home to be established, as a part of the Federal government's National Women's Health Strategy 2020-2030 Budget.

Last week, council approved the 20-bed centre to be located in Wyong Creek on the New South Wales Central Coast. It will be the first culturally appropriate centre of its kind in the state.

"It's just amazing. It's unreal. We were so happy," Cheryl Bailey told NITV News.

"It's so important for our women to have a culturally appropriate drug and alcohol rehab. And that's what we've achieved." 

The Glen has been catering to men for 25 years, and in that time women have been seeking assistance where they can, when they can. At the beginning of November alone, The Glen received 23 calls from Aboriginal women wanting to go to rehab.

Ms Bailey said the centre would be a healthy and happy place, a big house open to "everybody and anybody" to have their addictions addressed.

The Glen women's centre will aim to create an environment where families can be reunited and repaired. It will set examples of getting sober then successfully going back into the community, into the family unit. Ms Bailey believes this will allow intergenerational trauma to be addressed, breaking cycles of addiction.

"Over the years, we've seen the men go home healthy, and if the partner is alcoholic, or got a drug addiction, or both, or gambling or whatever - now that can be addressed. And the children can be restored," said Ms Bailey.

The Glen has "all sorts" of help such as counsellors and Centrelink officials come in to assist, Ms Bailey said. But keeping the size of the centre small, compared to some other rehabilitation centres, helps with the family environment.

"That's how we want it to be. We don't want to be big, we just want it to work for whoever wants to be there at the time," said Ms Bailey.

The Glen for Women Transitional Group Home is estimated to be open late 2021 to early 2022. In a few years, The Glen also hopes to open a children's centre, where parents can be with their children.

"The women that come there, like the men, they want to be there. They want to be there, and they want to change their lives. They're sick people trying to get well. That's one of our sayings," said Ms Bailey.

"So, you know, it's gonna be magnificent."

$9 million to help NSW Central Coast women out of addiction
The Morrison Government has provided funding to establish a women's drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre at The Glen on the New South Wales Central Coast.