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Community campaign urges youth to Celebrate Safe and Well

Posted on 4th Nov 2016

Youth Solutions and Campbelltown Catholic Club 2016 – 2017 safer celebrations campaign

Celebrate Safe and Well … It’s up to us” is the core message of a summer campaign launched today, which aims to encourage young people to take positive steps to enjoy their end of year celebrations safely.transparent

Run by Youth Solutions, in partnership with Campbelltown Catholic Club, the Celebrate Safe and Well campaign will run from November 2016 to January 2017.

The campaign aims to provide information and support to young people, and the wider community in Macarthur and Wingecarribee, to encourage safer celebrations during the festive season.

The campaign was launched this morning with a screening of the campaign video, interactive activities, giveaways and a special presentation acknowledging the campaign partner Campbelltown Catholic Club and media partners C91.3FM and Campbelltown-Macarthur, Camden-Narellan and Wollondilly Advertisers.

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Youth Solutions YAG members Lauren and Samantha share their safer celebrations tips.

Throughout the campaign period, Youth Solutions staff and volunteers will host interactive stalls at the Campbelltown Catholic Club, local tertiary education institutions and community events, to spread the word about the importance of celebrating safely and making your nights out memorable for all the right reasons.

Targeted primarily at young people aged 18 – 25 years, the Celebrate Safe and Well campaign is part of the safer celebrations project which has been delivered by Youth Solutions and Campbelltown Catholic Club over the past seven years.

The 2016 – 2017 campaign focuses primarily on the issue of binge drinking, encouraging young people to stick to their own limits and to be mindful of the impacts and consequences of binge drinking. The campaign also highlights the importance of planning ahead for a night out, with a focus on safe transport with the aim of deterring drink driving. It also touches on the issues of underage drinking and being able to have a good time without alcohol. Also importantly, the campaign aims to provide basic information about what to if an emergency situation arises on a night out or while celebrating.

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Members of the Campbelltown Catholic Club Team and Board of Directors pose with Youth Solutions’ staff and Board.

“We feel very excited and privileged to be linking up with Campbelltown Catholic Club again to deliver an important campaign for our community,” Youth Solutions Chief Executive Officer Geraldine Dean said.

“We are passionate about equipping our young people, and the wider community, with information, education and support so they can make safer decisions and this campaign really captures that passion. It allows us to reach a great number of people in our community with some really important health promotion messages.”

“Research and data collected from our previous campaigns, has told us that binge drinking remains an issue for our young people. And it is the responsibility of the whole community to address that. So keeping that in mind, we have focused this year’s campaign on the shared responsibility of celebrating safe and well.”

“As individuals we need to be informed about the consequences of our actions and binge drinking and look at the ways we can keep ourselves safe. We also need to do this as a community. We need to look out for one another and support each other. Friends should be keeping an eye on each other, encouraging each other to celebrate safely and reminding each other that it’s okay to not drink alcohol, to sit out a round, or to stick to your own limits.”

“As part of this campaign we will be distributing Safer Celebrations Guides containing practical tips that young people can follow to make ensure they are celebrating safely and well. We will also have a campaign video that brings some of those points to life,” Youth Solutions Communications Coordinator and Celebrate Safe and Well campaign lead Amanda Dillon said.

“It is our hope that this campaign can play and important cog in the wheel for preventing drug and alcohol related harm to our young people in our community and protect against the loss of young lives.”

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Youth Solutions’ Miriam Deshayes poses with Youth Solutions volunteers and supporters.

Throughout the campaign period the campaign messages will be shared on the Youth Solutions website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages, as well as through radio and newspaper advertisements and editorials. Posters containing campaign health promotion messages will also be displayed throughout the region, including at Macarthur Square and McDonald’s in Macarthur restaurants. The posters, along with safer celebrations guides, will also be sent all secondary schools in Macarthur and Wingecarribee, targeting school leavers.

In support of the campaign, Campbelltown Catholic Club will also provide free soft drink to all designated drivers on Friday and Saturday nights throughout November and December. Youth Solutions will collect surveys during the campaign period about young people’s partying practices, which will be used to inform the future direction of the Services’ campaigns and project work.

For more information about the campaign visit youthsolutions.com.au or connect with Youth Solutions on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube. To be mailed a resource pack, contact Amanda on 4628 2319 | amanda@youthsolutions.com.au.

Celebrate Safe and Well campaign stalls

Saturday, 5 November 2016 – Roaming stall at Fisher’s Gig, 3.00pm – 5.00pm

Tuesday, 8 November 2016 – TAFE SWSi Campbelltown Campus stall, 12.00pm – 2.00pm

Wednesday, 9 November 2016 – WSU Campbelltown Campus stall, 12.00pm – 2.00pm

Friday, 18 November 2016 – Campbelltown Catholic Club stall, 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Friday, 25 November 2016 – Campbelltown Catholic Club stall, 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Friday, 2 December 2016 – Campbelltown Catholic Club stall, 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Friday, 9 December 2016 – Campbelltown Catholic Club stall, 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Friday 16 December 2016 – Campbelltown Catholic Club stall, 7.00pm – 9.00pm

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