First alcohol and other drug harm reduction pop-up centre to run at Williamstown

The trial of a pop-up community information centre – aimed at increasing awareness of the harm associated with alcohol and other drugs – will kick off during next Saturday’s sporting games at Williamstown Oval.

The initiative, run by Shaping Futures and Southern Barossa Alliance, will involve the Regional Youth Bus set up as a community outlet where information can be accessed on harm reduction support and services for the region. 

The theme will centre on ‘Increasing Awareness of Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Harm Reduction in the Barossa Region’ with particular focus on addressing ice usage.

As national data reveals an alarming increase of illicit drug use and alcohol use in rural SA, the Australian Government has made a significant investment under the National Ice Action Strategy and other programs to reduce the level of harm caused.

One of the key issues for regional communities is access to and awareness of education on AOD harm and available AOD harm reduction support services.  

The first trial will run at Williamstown Oval  from 10am -1.30pm on Saturday, June 23 giving those attending the football and netball matches between Barossa District and Tanunda the opportunity to participate in the trial.

It further provides the recently formed Barossa Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) their first opportunity to engage the local community on AOD and particularly ice issues.  

The LDAT will conduct a survey to help identify the AOD harm reduction needs of the Barossa.

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation, Family Drug Support (FDS) and Psych Med will have qualified staff on hand to provide information on AOD education and available support services.

If the trial is successful, Barossa LDAT will investigate ongoing use of the bus for pop-up AOD Harm Reduction Information sessions throughout the Barossa and surrounding regions.  

Service providers

ADF: The Alcohol and Drug Foundation is Australia’s leading organisation committed to preventing alcohol and other drug harms in our communities. It provides facts, resources and programs to prevent alcohol and other drug harm in Australian communities. ADF manages, funds and actively supports the LDAT program.

FD:. FDS’ mission is to assist families throughout Australia to deal with alcohol and drug issues in a way that strengthens relationships and achieves positive outcomes. FDS provides monthly Family Support Group meetings in the Barossa and a 24/7 helpline 1 300 368 186.  

PsychMed:  PsychMed is a community based service organisation that is a leading provider of evidenced based Psychological treatment programs. They specialise in addiction treatment programs including the MATRIX intensive outpatient addiction recovery program for methamphetamine dependence, alcohol, drug and smoking dependence and problem gambling.  

Shaping Futures in Nuriootpa supports regional people and communities through engagement and employment programs. The Regional Youth Bus is managed by Shaping Futures and has been operating in the region as a mobile Youth centre since 2015. The aim of the bus is  to connect people to build better communities and bring together service providers and organisations who can support them.

If the trial is a success,  the Barossa LDAT will investigate ongoing use of the bus for “Pop Up” AOD Harm Reduction Information sessions throughout the Barossa and surrounding regions.