Sports clubs are being invited to forums across the state to help build their capacity to lead the community response to ice, alcohol and other drugs.
A series of 19 forums are being held by the Australian Drug Foundation’s Good Sports program, supported by local community partners and youth drug support service Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS).
The forums will begin on Monday 27 October in Wangaratta and will travel to regional rural and metro locations.
The forums will feature drug and alcohol experts and will help clubs get informed about what they can do to help reduce the impact drugs have on their community.
Head of Information and Research at the Australian Drug Foundation, Julie Rae said the forums will be specifically tailored to sports club administrators and members but are open and relevant to anyone from the community who is concerned about alcohol and other drugs, particularly people involved in education, local government, health, community development and youth services.
“Communities do have the power to tackle drug issues locally, and the first step is to get informed,” Ms Rae said.
“Sports clubs are the beating heart of regional, rural and suburban communities, and that’s why we’re working with clubs to build their capacity to tackle and prevent drug issues. Find out how you and your sports club can lead by example and help tackle ice, alcohol and other drugs in the community.
“Get the facts about ice, alcohol and drugs from the people that know – each session will have experts from the Australian Drug Foundation and YSAS will lead prominent members of your community in a panel discussion.
“Ice is causing a lot of concern within Victoria, but it’s important that communities know that ice is only being used by a very small minority of people. Although ice is an undeniable problem, alcohol is still the drug causing the greatest harm including costs to community, injuries and death.
“These forums will help clubs prepare for how to respond and deal with drug issues when they arise.”
Paul Bird CEO of YSAS, said problems with the drug ice can be treated and that youth treatment services such as YSAS have a track record in supporting young people to overcome their misuse and dependence.
“We’re continuing to work with government, community services and health organisations to address community concern, adapt services to meet the needs of young people impacted by ice use and focus on prevention and early intervention,” said Mr Bird.
The Victorian Government has provided $500,000 to the ADF to develop and implement a project to assist Good Sports clubs to tackle ice and other drugs.
The session are free and will include light refreshments. To book your seat at the forums visit goodsports.com.au/tackletheissue/forums
Tackle the Issue: ice, alcohol and other drug forums
Monday 27th – GOTAFE of TAFE, Wangarratta.
Tuesday 28th – The Cube, Wodonga.
Wednesday 29th – Rich River Golf Club Resort. Bordertown Echuca/Moama.
Wednesday 5th – Preston City Oval, Preston.
Monday 10th – Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool.
Wednesday 12th – Clayton Hall, Clayton.
Monday 24th – Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston.
Monday 1st – Springvale Town Hall, Springvale.
Tuesday 2nd – Inverloch Community Hub, Inverloch.
Wednesday 3rd – Wyndham Civic Centre, Werribee.
More dates are coming for 2015. All sessions run 6.00-8.30pm. Light refreshments provided.
Celebrating more than 55 years of service to the community, the Australian Drug Foundation is one of Australia’s leading bodies committed to preventing alcohol and other drug problems in communities around the nation. The Foundation reaches millions of Australians in local communities through sporting clubs, workplaces, health care settings and schools, offering educational information, drug and alcohol prevention programs and advocating for strong and healthy communities.
Youth Support + Advocacy Service (YSAS) is a leading youth health not-for-profit agency that enables highly vulnerable and high risk young people, or those at risk of becoming so, with substance dependence and misuse, mental illness and social disconnection to take control of their health and wellbeing.
YoDAA is Victoria’s Youth Drug and Alcohol Advice service, providing young people, parents and youth workers the simplest way to access the information and support they require.
YoDAA offers a 24 hour, free and confidential hotline: 1800 458 685 and provides information on the website and support via web chat: www.yodaa.org.au