Youth Solutions' E News for October 2014

E News October 2014

Message from the CEO – Geraldine Dean

Geraldine Dean

Hello and welcome to our first E Newsletter for Spring. Thank you for taking the time to read about all of the exciting things happening at Youth Solutions.
Youth Solutions has been a hive of activity during the past two months as we forge ahead with our project work. Our four Program Officers have been out and about in our schools each week, building our young peoples’ resilience, alcohol and other drug knowledge, through our DARE project.

Last month Youth Solutions was announced as the proud recipient of the highly commended Youth Service of the Year Award at the Youth Action 2014 Youth Work Awards. Our team is thrilled to receive this fantastic accolade which is a testament to the hard work we do and the great support we have from the community.

During the past two months Youth Solutions has also partnered with other community services and organisations to deliver a range of activities in the community. In August we partnered with a number of organisations to deliver the region’s first International Overdose Awareness Day event. We also expect to see great results from the upcoming Be YOUnique Wellbeing Workshop which will be held this month as a result of another great partnership. Please read on for more details about these two events.

Work is now well underway for our upcoming Safer Celebrations project, which will be launched at the Youth Solutions AGM on Thursday 20 November. The campaign is targeted at young people aged 18 - 25 and will aim to promote safer partying practices in the community during the upcoming celebration season. We can’t wait for you to see what we have planned this year. Special thanks to the Campbelltown Catholic Club who have partnered with us to deliver this great community project once again.

I encourage you read on for more details about what has been happening at Youth Solutions and the great things we have planned over the next few months.

Youth Solutions presents at ZEST conference

Youth Solutions Program Officers Lauren Ognenovski and Amanda Partridge at the ZEST Conference.

After winning the ZEST Award for Exceptional Community Partnership in a Local Government Area earlier this year, Youth Solutions was asked to present at the ZEST Awards best practice conference - From Stories to Solutions.

The conference was held in Parramatta last month and two of the Youth Solutions Program Officers presented tips and information to other community service organisations. The presentation dealt with the topic of Changing Community Attitudes to Societal Norms in line with the success of Youth Solutions’ 2013 – 2014 Safer Celebrations campaign What’s the cost to you?

Youth Solutions was thrilled to be part of this fantastic opportunity which included the chance to hear from a number of inspiring community sector services.

International Overdose Awareness Day

Candles were lit in honour of loved ones lost to drug overdose.

Tears support and stories were shared as the Macarthur community came together in memory of lost loved ones at the region's first International Overdose Awareness Day service on Friday, 29 August 2014.

Lifeline Macarthur, Maryfields Day Recovery Centre, Campbelltown Anglican Churches, Youth Solutions and Macarthur Mental Health Promotion Network Inc. linked up to host the service at St Peter's Anglican Church in Campbelltown.

International Overdose Awareness Day is held on 31 August each year to remember the friends, family, clients and colleagues the community has lost as a result of drug overdose.

Read more about the event here.

Trivia Night


Gather your friends, pop on your thinking caps and make your way to Narellan for Youth Solutions' inaugural Trivia Night on Friday 24 October 2014.

The fun starts at 6.30pm with plenty of prizes up for grabs, games and a raffle. The Trivia Night is made possible by the support of our wonderful event sponsor J & L Borgo Pty Ltd.

The Trivia Night is a strictly over 18s event and attendees are encouraged to bring their own drinks and nibbles.

Tickets are $15 per person or a table of eight for $100. Venue will be advised upon booking. To secure your place call Amanda on 4628 2319 or email But hurry, numbers are limited and tickets are selling fast.

Be YOUnique Wellbeing Workshop

Youth Solutions Youth Advisory Group members kickstart the workshop art activities.

Tuck into a slice of pizza, be inspired by guest speakers or leave your mark via an interactive art activity during the "Be YOUnique" Wellbeing Workshop next week.

The University of Western Sydney, Youth Solutions and headspace Campbelltown will team up to deliver the workshop, which coincides with Mental Health Month, on Tuesday, 7 October 2014.

Young people from across the Macarthur and Wingecarribee regions are encouraged to head over to the University of Western Sydney's Campbelltown campus to take part in the workshop which will run from 12.00pm (noon) to 1.30pm. It will be held at the School of Medicine, Building 30, Room 30.G.213.

The workshop aims to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and looking after yourself. The event will include guest speakers from the Youth Solutions Youth Advisory Group and headspace, free pizza and cool art activities including an envelope exchange art installation.

For more information visit our website or contact Karen on 4628 2319 or email

Tackling the issue: amphetamines

Last month Youth Solutions hosted its first AOD Link training presentation for the 2014 - 2015 year, with a focus on amphetamines.

AOD Link is a professional network auspiced by Youth Solutions. It works to identify issues relating to alcohol and other drugs (AOD), develop and implement strategies to address these issues and share information on currently accepted best practice in the AOD sector.

At last month's presentation, participants were presented with information about amphetamines, types of amphetamines, routes of administration, recent trends and health effects. Youth Solutions also provided participants with handouts relating to common withdrawal symptoms, harm reduction strategies and treatment services.

The next AOD Link presentation will be on 11 December 2014. Stay tuned for more details.

Safer Celebrations campaign launch planned for AGM


Work on the 2014 - 2015 Safer Celebrations campaign is well underway and the project launch is scheduled to take place at the Youth Solutions annual general meeting at Campbelltown Catholic Club on Thursday, 20 November 2014.

The campaign, which targets young people and the wider Macarthur community to encourage safer celebrations during the festive season, is run in conjunction with Campbelltown Catholic Club and supported by C91.3FM and the Macarthur Advertisers. The team can't wait for the community to engage with the campaign after the big reveal at the AGM.

All Youth Solutions Association Members are invited to attend the AGM. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information contact Youth Solutions on 4628 2319 or

Expressions of Interest for the SAFE Series Pilot


Youth Solutions is conducting a pilot for a series of new community education packages that will be available to young people across the Macarthur and Wingecarribee regions.

Youth Solutions will work with schools; community, youth and correctional services; as well as other interested parties to pilot the SAFE Series community education packages over the next few months.

If you are interested in Youth Solutions delivering these packages to your students or clients or would like to come on board as an advisor, contact Corin (Monday - Wednesday) on 4628 2319 or email

Website of the month

Curbing underage drinking is the aim of a recent project being run in the South Coast.

The Kiama 'Stop Underage Drinking Project' is funded by the Australian Research Council with support from the University of Wollongong. The project aims to address social norms around underage drinking, including the supply of alcohol to teenagers.

It includes a social marketing campaign addressing community-level social norms around underage drinking, a youth component with school and community-based activities and a parent component that includes online and environmental activities.

Check out the website for details about the project and more information about underage drinking.
The Youth Solutions office is buzzing each Friday as the team is joined by three enthusiastic student placements from the University of Wollongong. Edwina, Hilena and Renee have been helping the team with research, as well as practical activities. If you are interested in student placement or volunteering opportunities at Youth Solutions, get in touch!
School is back next week, which means the Youth Solutions team is heading back to the classroom to deliver our DARE (Drug, Alcohol and Resilience Education) project. The project informs young people about alcohol and other drugs and works on building resilience. Get in touch if you would like Youth Solutions to deliver DARE at your school or organisation.
Do you live in Camden LGA? Are you aged between 12 and 25 years? Are you interested in creative arts? If you answered YES to these questions, sign up for Youth Solutions’ ARTucation Project now! You’ll get to create a mural under the guidance of local artist, Danielle Mate. And it’s FREE! There are only 30 tickets – so book now!
Clear the calendar for Saturday, 15 November 2014, because Light Up Camden is coming to town! Youth Solutions will have a stall set up at the annual Christmas event which takes place in the heart of Camden, centred around Argyle St. Pop by to fill out a survey and pick up some cool promotional products from Youth Solutions' latest Safer Celebrations campaign.
Did you know, between July and September this year, 238 young people were involved in Youth Solutions projects and activities? All of these 238 young people reported increased knowledge and skills around alcohol and other drugs prevention after participating in Youth Solutions projects and activities.
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