Holyoake’s Wheatbelt Community Alcohol and Drug Service (WCADS) has been coordinating and managing a range of initiatives in the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) harm minimisation, and suicide prevention space.

The latest initiative is the expansion of the Youth Early Intervention Project which is funded by the Alcohol & Drug Foundation (ADF), and auspiced by the Pingelly Brookton Local Drug Action Team (LDAT). This project aims to support young people aged 11-18 years in the southern Wheatbelt to:

  • Minimise AOD use.
  • Increase protective factors that minimise AOD use and improve mental health.
  • Increase engagement in diversionary activities.
  • Reduce social isolation.
  • Promote local AOD and mental health service providers.

In keeping with the project’s aims, Holyoake’s WCADS Prevention Team has now developed innovative wallet cards for young people. These wallet cards offer multiple advantages:

  1. Information about youth-specific helplines, websites, chatlines, and crisis lines.
  2. QR code that links to the Within REACH Instagram page.
  3. QR code that links to a digital calendar with youth activities and events.
  4. Free access to programs such as 3-on-3 social basketball, mixed netball, wifi at CRCs, swimming, movie nights, court hire, and gym passes.
  5. Bus transport for young people from outlying communities to specific activities.

These wallet cards will be delivered free of cost to 1,270 students in secondary schools in the southern Wheatbelt. For more details, please call 9621 1055 or email adminnortham@holyoake.org.au