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Adventure Development Ltd

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    Adventure Development Ltd (ADL) is a not for profit organisation that aims to help young people & whanau who are dealing with alcohol & drug issues and/or mental health difficulties. 

    We also offer the Thrive! Te Pae Ora service. Read more here.

    ADL has offices in Dunedin, Timaru and Invercargill that also cover rural areas and a mobile team in the Central Lakes area. We can see you at school, in the community or at home.


    Adventure Development is staffed by registered health practitioners.

    Depending on the area the teams are Occupational Therapists, NZAC registered Counsellors, Psychologists, Social Workers, Mental Health Nurses, and DAAPANZ registered Alcohol and other Drug Practitioners.


    Youth Alcohol and other Drug Service (YADS) - South Canterbury

    The Youth Alcohol and Drug Service Brief Intervention can help you develop a better understanding of the effect of alcohol and drugs and support you if you would like to make a change.

    How it works:

    • We meet with you and your family and explore what is going on for you and them.
    • We offer feedback on your situation
    • Together we come up with a plan of action to help you move forward
    • We will help you put the plan into action and stay on track
    • Together we evaluate how your plan is going and where to from now
    • When you have achieved what you want we celebrate the achievement then say goodbye!

    What happens at the end of the programme?
    At the end of your involvement with us you and your counsellor will discuss whether you are ready to leave the service — you may decide that you would like more time with us or be assisted to connect with other supports. If in the future you feel that you still need some support you are able to contact us and discuss it with your counsellor.

    The YADS program can include:

    • Alcohol and other Drug Assessment (1 or 2 sessions)
    • Intervention (1 to 9 sessions)
    • Family Support
    • Liaison and Support

    Adventure Development Counselling Programme (ADC) - Alcohol and Drug or Co-existing Addictions

    ADC is a longer term program that can offer support to young people wanting more intensive support with alcohol or drug issues. It is only internally referred - please speak to an ADL staff member if this interests you or you want to know more.

    ADC has a focus in using activity and outdoor experiences to help develop new skills to better manage difficult times. Young people on ADC will attend counselling sessions, day activities and may be offered a 4-9 day journey. We also offer a marae-based Journey.


    Youth Brief Intervention Service (YBIS) - South Canterbury (mild to moderate)

    We can see people for up to six 1 hour long sessions (within a 12 month period) and because we are a mobile service, we can catch up at home, school, work, our office – wherever suits!  We also travel to Waimate, Geraldine, Twizel, and everywhere in between in South Canterbury.

    This is a mild to moderate service which means that we tend to see young people whose mood or worry is starting to have an impact on their day to day life and functioning. If we aren’t quite the right fit for you, we’ll help support you to get to a more appropriate service.

    Community Support Work - Timaru

    Our programmes offer a wide range of options for responding to the needs, interests and goals of the young person. The programmes are strengths based and aim to;

    • Engage youth in positive and meaningful activity
    • Build community support networks
    • Support in furthering education, training and employment
    • Support families in building strong relationships with their young person
    • Improve life skills  

    Our programmes are developed alongside the young person and have a large component of outdoor recreation, such as mountain biking, kayaking and rock climbing. We believe the outdoor environment is a stimulating place for young people to learn new skills, develop their strengths and give them experiences that create opportunities for learning.

    The programmes provide children and young people with individualised and intensive support, positive guidance, encouragement, opportunity and challenge, which assist children and young people to achieve their goals and aspirations. 


    Our services are funded by the Southern District Health Board, South Canterbury DHB, and by the Ministry of Social Development and are free to clients and their families.