Shaping Futures and Barossa Local health Cluster Inc provide free awareness workshops

Two community groups have joined forces to deliver three free health awareness workshops aimed at players and members of Barossa, Light and Gawler sporting clubs.

The resilience, mental health, drug and alcohol awareness meetings are the result of Shaping Futures and Barossa Local Health Cluster Inc who are well aware of data which reveals an increasing prevalence of illicit drug use in rural SA.

“The program is designed to provide the regional sporting clubs the necessary skills and connection to service providers of information and support programs to enable them to meet their duty of care responsibilities for club members, players and volunteers,” Industry Engagement project officer Kathryn Schilling said.

The Drug and Alcohol Services SA statistics show the number of regional residents accessing treatment services has increased from about 1000 to 1250 over the past fours years.

However, this increase in people accessing the services is not in line with the estimated increase in the number of people using these substances.

“The Barossa Health Cluster sees youth mental health issues, including drug and alcohol abuse, bullying and harassment, as significant issues facing young people in rural SA,” she said.

The workshops will targeted 14-24 year-olds, yet parents, coaches and other members of clubs or the general public are welcome to attend.

Ms Schilling explained that the project promotes positive health, resilience and anti-bullying messages as well as direct connection to support services available in the Barossa and Gawler regions.

Three evenings will promote the important messages and connections to our sporting community:

  • Monday, June 18 at Nixon Function Centre Gawler Keynote speaker Tom Cooper Australian cricketer
  • Wednesday June 20 at the Vine Inn  Barossa Community Hotel keynote speaker Tony Moore founder of ‘Hoops for Life.
  • Monday June 25 at Nuriootpa Sports and Function centre.

Tea and Coffee will be provided and all events will be held from 6.30pm – 8pm

Barossa Youth Service, PsychMed, Dr Bill Gransbury and Vicki Martin Psychologist are the health professionals attending all events to provide talks focused on resilience, anti-bullying, positive lifestyle choices and how to deal with substance abuse.

Sporting clubs will find how to connect with service providers for ongoing information and support programs enabling the clubs to meet their duty of care responsibilities for their players and members.

Bookings can be made through Eventbrite and facebook at Barossa Lower North Futures.