Wells Haslem client Lifestyle Solutions was founded in Newcastle in 2001 and provides a diverse range of supports to more than 1,000 people living with disability throughout Australia, as well as 300 children and young people in Out-of-Home care and Foster Care.

As part of its work with children and families, Lifestyle Solutions runs a program called Camp to Belong, which reunites siblings who, through no fault of their own, are not able to live together for a variety of reasons. 

Camp to Belong was founded in Las Vegas in 1995 and is an international non-profit organisation. Lifestyle Solutions is the only Australian provider of this unique service.

The program takes place over a week, giving siblings the chance to establish and nurture their powerful bond in a safe and supportive environment.

Through Camp to Belong, children take part in a range of outdoor adventures, sports, life-planning exercises and social activities. The week’s program is designed to promote positive family contact and provide each sibling with an enjoyable and memorable experience.

This year’s Camp to Belong program will be held September 21-24 at Tea Gardens in New South Wales and Lifestyle Solutions’ Managing Director, David Hogg, recently announced Wendell Sailor as its 2015 Ambassador. 

Wendell is a former Australian professional rugby football player who represented his country in both rugby league and rugby union. He is an indigenous Australian Torres Strait Islander.

Wendell shared his story with the Lifestyle Solutions team and talked about the individual challenges he faced as a child. Wendell also shared his understanding of some of the real issues Lifestyle Solutions deals with every day, particularly in relation to foster care. 

Wendell will take part in the final day of Camp, involving himself in activities as well as the Inspiration Night.  Wendell will also use his profile to promote the great work Lifestyle Solutions does with the Camp to assist in creating opportunities for additional private funding to allow the program to grow and help more kids in the future.