What is community action?
Community action is a strategy for creating community-based change towards specific social and environmental policy objectives. It is informed by evidence including local, cultural and academic knowledge, and relies on developing and mobilising capability and leadership from local communities. Browse the evidence, tools and resources that support this approach here, and find useful links to other organisations and for drug help.
Tools for action
Young Aucklanders have shared valuable insights into synthetic cannabinoid use and ideas for reducing harm in this study. The report will inform community and youth organisations and underpin community action. The study began from community concerns reported to Auckland Council CAYAD, who facilitated the research in partnership with local services.
This report summarises what happens when students are excluded from school, and provides recommendations that now underpin CAYAD's approach to supporting students to stay engaged in education. The research was undertaken by Regional Public Health (CAYAD Hutt Valley).
This guide from the New Zealand Drug Foundation can help schools understand the facts around student drug use and effective approaches to preventing and addressing drug related harm. More resources and case studies on the 'whole school approach' to drugs are available here.
If you are concerned about an application for a new or renewed alcohol licence in your community, this handy guide is available from the Health Promotion Agency's alcohol.org.nz. It can help you decide whether to make an objection to a licence, and leads you through the objection and hearings process under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.
CUPIT is a validated, short check up on cannabis use, aiming to minimise drug-related harm for young people. Rosey Duncan from CAYAD Nelson developed the wristbands to help promote CUPIT. Click the image for information on using CUPIT, including validation of the test and how to order the wristbands.
For communities working to strengthen sports clubs and minimise harm from alcohol and other drugs, this handbook provides useful case studies and example policies from CAYAD sites around Aotearoa. Produced by CAYAD Auckland Council.
The following organisations provide public health information about issues relating to communtiies, alcohol and other drugs.
Looking for help for someone? The Alcohol and Drug Helpline provides FREE confidential support if you want to talk about your own, or some else's drug use: call 0800 787 797.
Alcohol and other drug health information :
Alcohol Health Watch - www.ahw.org.nz
Alcohol Action - www.alcoholaction.co.nz
Ministry of Health - www.health.govt.nz
New Zealand Drug Foundation - www.drugfoundation.org.nz
No Safe Limit - www.nosafelimit.co.nz
The SHORE & Whaariki Research Centre - visit website