Riverland Local Drug Action Team

Riverland Local Drug Action Team

The Australian Drug Foundation Local Drug Action Team Program supports communities to work together to prevent and minimise the harm caused by alcohol and other drugs. There are now 244 Local Drug Action Teams across Australia.

The Riverland Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) is led by the three Riverland Councils; Renmark Paringa Council, Berri Barmera Council and District Council of Loxton Waikerie. Local Government is proudly supported by Murraylands Riverland Regional Development Australia (RDA) and community member Chrissy Eleftheriadis in managing the LDAT. Agencies who work in the social sector make up the LDAT committee and contribute to the strategic direction of the group.

A major focus in the 2018/19 years has been towards the Riverland Social Indicators Project. A project coordinated by the three Riverland Councils, RDA and being implemented by FRED consulting group. This project seeks to identify the key issues which are impacting the Riverland region and to develop an advocacy strategy for the region to work cohesively in order to reduce the impact. It is envisaged that this project will be completed by early 2020.

EOI Criteria Annie Bleeker – Local Champions Sought

For the 2019/20 Financial Year the LDAT having consulted with the local High Schools have developed a project which will see Annie Bleeker provide training to successful candidates via an EOI process i.e. clinical social workers to be facilitators of professional development training to teachers and caregivers of young people in schools on 19 August 2019. The LDAT has secured the services of a leading drug educator and intervention co-ordinator, Annie Bleeker, to come into the region and deliver an intensive one day training session on Monday 19 August. Therefore we are seeking Expressions of Interest for people wanting to participate in this training program as places will be limited.

Annie Bleeker will also provide information at a community forum targeted at parents of teens and teachers on the evening of 19 August 2019.

The LDAT are seeking to establish a team of local volunteer champions within the region capable of passing on their skills, knowledge and empathy to others creating a greater awareness, especially within the region’s youth of Drug and Alcohol issues.  These champions will be highly regarded role models and individuals of influence within the regional community.

If you are interested in applying, please see below for further details.

You must be available to attend the full day Training Session at Berri on Monday, 19 August 2019 at 9am sharp.

You will also be required to volunteer to deliver at least one and no more than 3 sessions to other interested people in the Riverland in a calendar year. If you are a representative of an organisation it is also desirable you have clearance from that organisation to perform this role.

Expressions of interest indicating why you should be considered as well addressing the below criteria are open and should be sent to: council@renmarkparinga.sa.gov.au by no later than 5pm 21 July 2019. Successful candidates will be informed by 31 July 2019.

This is an expression of interest and a competitive process as places are limited.

  1. Name and contact details.
  2. Experience working in the social sector.
  3. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  4. A strong passion about making a difference regarding the misuse of drugs and alcohol within the Riverland community.
  5. Ability to deliver to others the knowledge and skills gained from this training.
  6. Will you be representing yourself or an organisation i.e. SAPOL.
  7. Available on 19 August to receive training.
  8. Ability to provide training on an ongoing voluntary basis up to 3 times per year within normal working hours.

 For further information or if you have any queries, please direct them to Stephanie Coughlin, Community Team Leader for Renmark Paringa Council.

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