Youth Solutions' E News for December 2014

E News December 2014

Message from the CEO and Team

Welcome to our last E-Newsletter for 2014! 

As the year wraps up the entire team would like to wish you a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.

With that in mind, I encourage you to read on for more information about our Keep it in Check campaign, which includes plenty of tips for ensuring your celebrations are kept safe this festive season.

Youth Solutions has enjoyed a busy start to December, wrapping up many of our projects, workshops and presentations for the year. 

In the past six months alone, Youth Solutions has engaged with more than 500 people directly through workshops and presentations as part of our core projects YARN, PEEP, DARE and the SAFE Series. If you missed out this year our books are already open for next year, so please get in touch to see which of our drug and alcohol prevention and health promotion projects could benefit your school, organisation or group of young people.

In 2014 we have also attended and organised many community events, partnered with many organisations, held multiple successful fundraisers and been shown great support by many businesses, individuals and organisations.

On behalf of the team, I would like to thank each and every person who has supported, worked with and helped spread the word about Youth Solutions. Your support helps us to work towards our vision of improving the health wellbeing and resilience of young people.

Our project work will surge ahead in 2015 and we look forward to working with you all once again!
 Thank you & Merry Christmas!

Hosting a party?

The festive season is here! And chances are you will be hosting or attending a party this Christmas or New Year.

The best way to Keep it in Check when hosting a party is to make your event invites only and ask guests to RSVP. It is also a good idea to register your party at your local police station or online at

Young people should have a responsible adult to supervise the party and make sure there are plenty of non-alcoholic drinks and food for guests.

If someone has been drinking alcohol, don't let them drive home. And if something goes wrong or uninvited guests turn up, call the police.

For more tips on how to keep your night in check, take a look at our Safer Celebrations Guide.

Drinking tonight? Stay safe with these tips...

Are you keen to enjoy a drink this festive season?

Keep the following tips in mind when you are drinking and you will keep sight of your night:
  • Eat before, during and after drinking
  • Know your limits and stick to them
  • Count your drinks using standard drinks measures
  • Always keep your drinks with you
  • Don't give into peer pressure if you don't want to drink alcohol
  • Refuse strong tasting drinks and drinks from people you don't know
  • Avoid drinking games
  • If you have been drinking, don't drive

Win a Polaroid Cube! Just share your advice

Want to win a super cool Polaroid Cube? Jump onto the Youth Solutions Facebook page now!

All you have to do is like the Youth Solutions Facebook page and send us a private message with your name, date of birth, contact details and your best advice for keeping your night out in check. Don't forget to stick to the limit of 25 words or less, and share it with your friends!

Competition closes on Monday 15 December 2014 - so get in quick!

We need you!

As part of Keep it in Check, Youth Solutions is calling on the region's young people to complete the anonymous campaign survey.

Pop by the Youth Solutions stall at the foyer of the Campbelltown Catholic Club between 8pm and 10pm on 12 or 19 December to fill out a survey, or fill one out online by clicking here.

Do you know what to do in an emergency?

Chances are, an average night out with friends won't end in an emergency situation. But if something was to go wrong do you know what to do?

Here's some simple advice:
1. Keep calm and stay with your mates
2. Call triple-zero (000) for police, fire or ambulance. (You can call 112 from a mobile phone or 106 from a textphone or teletypewriter if you're hearing or speech-impaired)
3. Wait for emergency services to arrive and follow their instructions 

Keep safe when you go out tonight

Heading out tonight? Have you charged your phone, saved important numbers and topped up your credit?

It's also best to tell someone where you are going, who you will be with and what time they might expect you to be home.

Don't forget to pack your ID, house keys and enough money for food and transport. When heading out, organise a safe way there and home, but keep a little spare cash for a taxi or public transport in case you get stuck. For more tips visit the Keep it in Check page.

Keep safe when you go out tonight

Too often we hear of nights out gone wrong, ending in incidents of alcohol-fuelled violence. These incidents can ruin lives.

This Christmas and New Year you can prevent your night from turning sour by following some simple steps.

Be sure to respect yourself and others and look for friends, not fights. Keep your cool and walk away from any situation that makes you feel uncomfortable.

Report any issues to security or bar staff if you need to. Always stay with your mates and don't leave anyone behind. It's also important to make sure your friends don't leave without you or with someone they don't know.

Look out for each other this festive season and Keep it in Check! For more details, watch the campaign video here.

Doing it the social way

Social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is a great way to keep in touch with your friends.

But once something is posted on social media it exists on the internet forever. So with that in mind, it is best to think twice about what you are posting or sharing, particularly if you have been drinking alcohol.

It can also be dangerous if you post your party plans on social media, making it easy for gate-crashers to target your event.

Here's a few tips to keep social-media-safe:
  • Make sure your profile, photos, statuses and events are set to private
  • Don't advertise your party plans on Facebook or other social media sites
  • Turn your location settings off and think twice about checking in
  • Always ask for permission before uploading photos and check-ins of someone else
  • Don't share inappropriate photos of yourself or others and remember, sexting can leave you with a criminal record
Check out our website for more tips on how to Keep It in Check this festive season.

Not 18 yet?

Here are a few tips for you this celebration season:
  • Not drinking alcohol is the safest option, so stick to non-alcoholic drinks
  • Don't use someone else's ID or a fake ID. You can be fined $700 on the spot or up to $7,700 in court!
  • Don't drink alcohol in public places or at licensed venues
  • Remember, if someone supplies you with alcohol while you are underage they can be fined up to $11,000 and receive a 2-year jail sentence
Youth Solutions' pilot for a the SAFE Series is powering ahead. If you are interested in finding out more about the Play SAFE, Party SAFE of QUIT Safe workshops visit the website or get in touch!.
Contact Corin (Monday to Wednesday) on 4628 2319 or to get involved!
Get an ARTucation with Youth Solutions' YARN project. The project includes traditional indigenous art workshops coupled with drug and alcohol education.

Want more information? Click here or contact Lauren on 4628 2319 or
Is your school or organisation signed up for our Drug, Alcohol and Resilience Education workshops in 2015?

Click here to find out more or contact Karen on 4628 2319 or
Ph: 02 4628 2319

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