- allow young people in situations of crisis to find a refuge and support;
- provide support for disengaged young people where they can gain confidence and self respect;
- provide these young people with training in basic skills which equip them better to fill their places in society as self-sufficient and productive individuals; and give these young people a place in the outdoors to learn about and develop their own dignity in an outdoor environment.
Lions Youth Haven
Lions Youth Haven was the vision of our founder Sel Westwood who convinced the ACT Government in 1988 that Lions could turn an abandoned farm on the Kambah Pool Road into a haven for youth at risk in our community.
Westwood Farm as it is known today, provides a refuge or haven for the at-risk youth in our communities through contracted service providers in education, job preparedness, accommodation and horticulture. This Lions Clubs Project is known as Lions Youth Haven Incorporated.
Westwood Lodge is situated on the 500 acre Westwood Farm and is designed to offer accommodation for school, sporting and other community groups in a rural environment. The lodge provides a genuine rural experience, yet it is only 15 minutes from the city centre.
Set on 500 acres at Westwood Farm offers stables, private and shared paddocks, access to cross country riding trails, a training arena, jumping facilities, round yard, stables, riding out etc, it is a haven for horses and riders alike.
Lions Youth Haven is about giving back to our community. But we cannot do it alone. Your donation or bequest will help Lions Youth Haven to continue this important work.