THE Rochester and Elmore Local Drug Action Team (RELDAT) have completed their Melt the Ice workshops in Rochester, Elmore, Lockington and Nanneella.
The workshops, held in October and November, had over 100 people represent their community and work together to identify community strengths and develop solutions to the ice epidemic and other drug and alcohol issues.
RELDAT chair and REDHS chief executive Anne McEvoy said the committed support from the Lockington Consolidated Primary School, the Rotary Club of Rochester, the Elmore Memorial Hall and the Nanneella Soldiers Memorial Hall contributed greatly to the outcome of these sessions.
“All participants were there because they wanted to be involved and do something proactive in their community to help overcome the complex issues associated to ice use,’’ she said.
“Everyone involved possessed a unique skill that added to the outcomes of the action plans.
“Each community plan has produced such powerful yet achievable initiatives that can truly make a difference in the community.’’
All community groups identified actions focused on enhancing protective factors to support people not to use drugs and alcohol in the first place or use at harmful levels.
Some of the initiatives included an ‘It’s OK to say no’ program, drug and alcohol education in schools and linking the community to local support groups.
The RELDAT and supporting partners are due to meet early next month to finalise the plans and discuss next steps.
The final plans will be presented to communities shortly after.
If you wish to be involved, contact Crystie Ballard at REDHS on 5484 4400.