“We know that participating more fully in community activities often strengthens and helps protect young people from alcohol and drug harms,” says the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s Victorian Manager Eamonn O’Toole.
“Frankston Mornington Peninsula LDAT is reaching out to young people in the area who may otherwise miss out by removing the barriers to participate in both community sport and non-sporting recreational activities.”
Frankston Mornington Peninsula LDAT recognises that there are many barriers to participating fully in community sport and recreational activities. These include financial barriers.
The LDAT’s ‘ACTIVATE’ program provides funds to pay club fees, equipment and transportation costs, enabling more young people to participate in local sport and recreation.
The project supports a range of activities to help young people feel more connected to their community and boost other ‘protective factors’ like self-esteem and motivation that prevent and minimise alcohol and other drug harms.
Frankston Mornington Peninsula LDAT is committed to a whole-of-community approach and is working with a range of local stakeholders including sporting and recreational clubs, businesses and local service providers including the Brotherhood of St Laurence.