IT IS ok to say no.
That was the message that came out of the Lockington and Rochester communities after their Melt The Ice workshops last week.
Both communitites came together individually to talk about the strategies and actions they can put in place to help fight the scourge of ice.
And although both communities saw different paths to actions, there was a common denominator — concern.
Put on by the Rochester and Elmore Local Drug Action Team, the workshops ensured a community action plan was put in place.
RELDAT’s Crystie Ballard said both workshops had very different audiences.
‘‘They were, however, all there with the common interest to support and make their community a safe, happy and healthy place,’’ she said.
‘‘Both their action plans produced some brilliant ideas and actions, however they were quite different.
‘‘This really proves that even though the towns are so close to each other, they are very different and working with them separately is the best way forward.’’
Crystie said RELDAT was thrilled with the turnout.
‘‘We had about 20 people at the Lockington workshop and about 30 at the Rochester one,’’ she said.
‘‘This was great to see and everyone got very involved and voiced their concerns and ideas.’’
Lockington have two clear steps forward.
‘‘Out of the session the group came up with an action plan and Lockington agreed on a community education and awareness program and practical activities for those at risk,’’ Crystie said.
The education program will start at primary-school age and will incorporate the whole community.
Rochester thought a different approach would work for them which included a proactive approach for the community.