Brisbane Local Drug Action Team (LDAT), the SCHEMA Collective, will be hosting a free community event to increase engagement among at-risk youth with music, sport, art and philanthropy as a way to minimise alcohol and other drug harms in the community.
The event will take place at Albany Creek Skate Park on Saturday 9 October from 12pm. Everyone is welcome.
Speaking from personal experience, SCHEMA Collective President Stoyan Stoyanov knows how powerful participating in structured leisure activities and feeling connected to community can be at protecting young people from the harms of alcohol and other drug use, saving lives along the way.
“Music and skateboarding got me through a very difficult time in my life and experiencing this first-hand showed me how being exposed to engagement opportunities like creative hobbies, physical activities and giving back to the community can reduce the likelihood or severity of alcohol and other drugs harms,” says Stoyanov.
“By engaging with local and youth-focused organisations, SCHEMA Collective hopes to reach as many young people as possible. We aim to help channel their energies into positive, confidence-building activities that benefit their wellbeing, positively influence their behaviours towards alcohol and other drugs, and give back to the community.”
The free community event will include musical performances by Tailor Made Rejects, 3 Hour Flight, Zuko, and Loose Cannon, skateboarding demos and ‘Design Your Own Deck’ in the dedicated art tent.
As well as live music, past events have included skateboard and scooter competitions and promotion of volunteering opportunities in partnership with not-for-profit organisations like Sea Shepherd and Clean Up Australia.
A representative from Kids Helpline is always present at SCHEMA Collective events, as the LDAT aims to normalise and destigmatise help-seeking and openness about mental health amongst young people.
LDATs work with the Alcohol and Drug Foundation in supporting grass-roots organisations to build or extend partnerships in their own communities and develop a Community Action Plan of evidence-informed activities to prevent and minimise the harm caused by alcohol and other drugs at a local level.
Senior Community Development Officer, Ashlee Adams-Smith, says SCHEMA Collective perfectly embodies the LDAT program’s aim of building protective factors in the community to precent alcohol and drug issues forming in the first place especially in young people.
“Communities play an important role in identifying and preventing local alcohol and other drug-related issues,” said Adams-Smith.
“SCHEMA Collective and their partners’ involvement with their local communities gave them valuable insight into which protective factors would speak to young people.
This has allowed them to address the specific alcohol and other drug concerns in and around Albany Creek – insight that has resulted in a motivating, inclusive and fun event series for young Queenslanders,” added Adams-Smith.
SCHEMA Collective partners with Kids Helpline, the Australian Skateboarding Community Initiative, Brisbane City Council, Sea Shepherd, Animal Liberation QLD and the YMCA.
Find SCHEMA Collective on Instagram at @schemacollective or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SCHEMAcollective/ to stay up-to-date with upcoming events.