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Celebrating Safely

Celebration season is here! And we’ve got your slay safe toolkit to live your ‘Safer Summer Era’

The Safer Summer Era campaign is all about sharing the latest tips, tricks and planning hacks for a memorable and safer summer.

Nights out? Festivals or concerts? Road trips or holidays? Whatever’s on your agenda this summer, we’ve got the goods to help you help you have a safe and good time (and to make sure everyone gets home safely and is ready for the next time)! Remember to plan ahead (got a safe way home?), always tell someone where you are going and let’s make this the best summer yet!

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Safer Summer Era: your slay safe toolkit

Live your Safer Summer Era with our slay safe toolkit.

Check out the top tips for improving safety when drinking alcohol, advice from our youth volunteers and our guide for planning your next night out or festival!

We’ve even got the low-down on what to do in an emergency and a checklist for planning your summer road trip or holiday.

Download the Safer Summer Era toolkit

Take the Safer Summer Era Quiz to win!

Know a thing or two about celebrating safely? Put your knowledge to the test in our 10-question quiz. The best part?! You can go into the draw to win a $200 ‘FOR EVERYONE’ GIFT CARD!! (Terms and conditions apply)


Make this summer your “drinking less era”:

It’s okay to NOT drink alcohol. In fact, stats show that most people are actually drinking less . Cool, huh?! If you do decide to drink alcohol:

  • Sip water between alcoholic drinks to stay hydrated (it helps to avoid feeling unwell)
  • Have a good feed (this helps to slow the absorption of alcohol)
  • Remember, mixing alcohol with other drugs can be dangerous and potentially fatal

Alcohol can damage the developing brain – for those under 18, delaying drinking alcohol is always the safest option.

Download the full guide, with all the tips, here.

Drink this instead: Our top mocktail picks

The Grinch Drink - by Zac, youth volunteer


  • Daily Green Juice (check the supermarket)
  • Soda Water
  • Strawberries or cherries (your pick, or both!)
  • Few teaspoons of sugar


  1. Rim a glass with the sugar (water helps to stick the sugar onto the rim)
  2. Mix equal parts of green juice and soda water together
  3. Pour the mix into the glass and add your cherries and/or strawberries
  4. Stir and enjoy!

Cranberry Basil Sangria - by AJ, youth volunteer


  • 3 cups of cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice
  • 1 sliced orange
  • 1 cored and sliced apple
  • 1/3 cup of frozen cranberries
  • 1/4 cup basic leaves
  • Ice cubes


  1. Combine all ingredients in a jug and stir
  2. Pour into cups or glasses and enjoy!

Mango Lassi - a fave of our youth volunteers


  • 1 cup of very ripe mango, chopped
  • 1 cup plain yoghurt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 5 teaspoons of sugar
  • Ice cubes


  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend for 2 minutes
  2. Transfer to a cup or glass, with ice and enjoy

Festival Season

Headed to a concert? Festival? Or just enjoying some fun in the sun?

  • Pack the essentials – water, sunscreen, charged phone, card or cash
  • Don’t forget the sunnies and hat!
  • Organise and plan your day ahead; pick a meet-up spot, plan your transport, know where security, volunteers and medical help spots are located
  • Stay hydrated and eat regularly, especially if you are drinking alcohol

If one of your friends has a bad reaction to drugs, alcohol or too much time in the sun: Stay calm, call for help and notify medical and event volunteers ASAP.

Alcohol and swimming don’t mix…

Living your Safer Summer Era at the beach, lake or river?

Remember, that alcohol and other drugs impair your coordination and reduce your reaction time.  So, avoid alcohol and other drug use around water and save any drinks until AFTER you swim. Use the buddy system (ie always swim with a mate!), stay between the flags at the beach and use life jackets around the river or other waterways.

Check out all the summer, water safety tips from our friends at Royal Life Saving: Are you Summer Ready?!

ALWAYS call for help in an emergency

If someone passes out & you are unable to wake them or if they become unwell, call Triple Zero (000) for an ambulance, it could save their life.

  • Tell ambulance officers if your friend has had alcohol or drugs – it helps them to provide the right care. You won’t get into trouble from the ambos – they are only concerned with keeping everyone safe and to provide life-saving care.
  • You will never be asked to pay on the spot for an ambulance when it is called out. A bill is sent later to the patient (and payment support options are available).

Out and about…

Catch up with us at our campaign stalls!  We’ll bring the activities and the campaign goodies (yummy lollies, yes please!). You just bring yourself and your mates:

  • Macarthur Square Shoppping Centre, Kellicar Lane, Campbelltown: Thursday 7 December 2023, 4-7pm
  • Julia Reserve Community Centre, Oran Park: Wednesday 13 December 2023, 3.30-5pm

Thanks for your support…

This campaign has been made possible thanks to a generous donation from the Hunt Family Community Foundation.

The Hunt Family Community Foundation was established in 2023 to honour the legacy of the late Harry Hunt OAM. Harry was a champion of business and made an enormous contribution to his local community in South West Sydney for over 50 years. The Hunt family is committed to continuing his great work by supporting valuable projects and initiatives with partner organisations into the future. The Foundation looks forward to continuing its existing relationship with Youth Solutions; collectively making a difference and supporting the young people in our community.

Youth Solutions extends its sincere thanks to the Board of the Hunt Family Community Foundation for its support.

Want to find out more?

Contact the project lead for a chat or to request printed copies of the Safer Summer Era toolkit:

Amanda Dillon, Manager Marketing & Engagement: 02 4628 2319

Download the Competition Terms & Conditions for our Safer Summer Era Quiz our Disclaimer page.

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