Welcome to Community Action on Youth and Drugs


Community Action on Youth and Drugs (CAYAD) is funded by the Ministry of Health to reduce the harm young people experience from alcohol and other drugs.  The programme is guided by the National Drug Policy 2015-2020 and operates in 21 locations throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

CAYAD coordinators support leaders from communities, organisations and young people to collaborate and create lasting changes in their environment that will promote wellbeing and reduce the risk of harm.  

CAYAD projects are informed by local, cultural and academic evidence. Our work includes improving policies, systems and practices; community action to reduce supply of alcohol and other drugs; and increasing opportunities for young people to be healthy and reach their full potential.


Vision and mission


our people

For details of the CAYAD sites nearest your location  follow the links below. 

Looking for immediate drug help?   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.