Tumbelin, abseiling, South Australia

Since commencing in Pt Lincoln in 2009, Baptist Care SA’s Tumbelin program has worked with more than 300 young people, helping them to make positive change in their lives as they struggle with issues around alcohol and other drugs, relationships, education and mental health.

“The effect the program has had on me was to realise that there is more to do on weekends than just drinking. I have also begun to open up more with my family, and push myself harder with school. I also learnt to believe in myself and not be so hard on myself” explained a participant who recently completed the program.

Tumbelin is a Ngarrindjeri word meaning ‘awaken and live’. It’s an adventure therapy program for young people aged 13 – 18 that builds connection, hope, self-esteem and resilience at this critical time of self-development.

‘Our staff help each participant to identify what’s most important to them, what needs to change to make things better – and what their role in making this change looks like’ says Brenton Schubert, Area Manager for Eyre and North Country. ‘The success of Tumbelin is underpinned by strong relationships that staff form with young people and the open, honest conversations which result’.

Tumbelin includes group discussion sessions, adventure-based day activities and an overnight camp, which lead up to a four-day expedition in the Flinders Ranges or Baird Bay.Young people participate in a range of activities including bushwalking, horse riding, aquatics, rock climbing, abseiling, mountain biking and snorkeling.

If you, or someone you know, would benefit from getting involved in Tumbelin, please contact us on 8683 4464 or drop in to our offices at 14 Edinburgh Street

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