Swan City Youth Service Local Drug Action Team launches in Midland

Alcohol and Drug Foundation chief executive Erin Lalor.
Alcohol and Drug Foundation chief executive Erin Lalor.

A LOCAL Drug Action Team (LDAT) has formed in Midland to prevent and reduce alcohol and drug-related harm among young people.

The Federal Government and the Alcohol and Drug Foundation has launched 32 teams across WA and 244 teams in the country.

The program supports organisations to build and extend partnerships in their neighbourhoods and use local knowledge to deliver prevention activities that meet community needs.

Swan City Youth Service, City of Swan, Holyoake Midland, Mission Australia Drug and Alcohol Youth Service and Headspace Midland helped form the Swan City Youth Service LDAT.

Alcohol and Drug Foundation chief executive Erin Lalor said community-led initiatives such as peer support, mentoring and education in schools were important in preventing and minimising harm.

“Strong demand from communities across Australia has meant the number of Local Drug Action Teams is higher than originally planned, giving us the opportunity to now work with 244 passionate community partnerships,” she said.

“The Local Drug Action Team Program recognises that every community is unique and there’s no one-size fits all solution to addressing alcohol and other drug issues.”

The next step for the team was to develop a community action plan.

For information, visit https://community.adf.org.au/join-program/local-drug-action-team-program-overview/