The first stage of developing your Community Action Plan is confirming your local issue and target audience. This information will form the basis of your plan.
You have already started to define the alcohol and drug-related issues that you seek to address. It is important to consult with others to be sure that your partners and community agree this is the right focus. Consulting with your community will assist you in confirming your local issue. See our community consultation guide to understand how to consult with your community to better define the issue.
Working with community partners and consulting with the community can be the focus of your initial Community Action Plan if your group hasn’t established these relationships, as they can help to confirm your local issue and are the foundation on which successful community action and change is built.
Gathering information from a range of sources will help you to develop an accurate picture of what is happening in your community and to focus your project on the most important issue. See also, identifying alcohol and drug issues in your community.
Local Drug Action Teams can select from a number of defined issues in the Community Action Plan template.
‘Target audience’ are the people who you will deliver your intervention to. Target audiences are identified according to age and priority population groups. Local Drug Action Teams can select from a number of defined target audiences in the Community Action Plan template.
If the audience that your group is targeting is more specific than the options provided in the Community Action Plan template (e.g. pregnant women, people who are unemployed) or unknown, groups can indicate this in the template.
The next step is to determine your project/s.