Determine your project/s

The next stage of developing your Community Action Plan is determining what project/s and associated activities your group will deliver.

Projects and activities

A number of projects and activities have been shown to be effective in preventing and minimising alcohol and other drug harms.

Defined projects and activities in the Community Action Plan template include:

Find links to associated toolkits.

The AOD lifecycle and projects

Different groups at different stages of the lifespan will have certain attitudes, behaviours and demographics that need to be considered. The AOD lifecycle diagram and supporting document provides guidance on the activities best suited to support each stage as you confirm issues and audience.

Figure 1: The alcohol and drug lifecyle

Figure 1: AOD issues across the lifespan

Download 'Alcohol and other drug impacts across the lifespan'

This document outlines the influencers, risk factors, issues and activities appropriate for each lifecycle stage.

Table: Project and activities with target audiences

Project and activities Target audiences
Education All audiences
Good Sports 5+ years
Positive Parenting 0-5 years
Creating safe community spaces 18-60 years
Supporting teenages 12-17 years
Mentoring 12-30 years
Peer support 6-30 years
Promotion of evidence informed apps 12-60 years
Pharmaceutical information and education 30+ years
Safe partying 12-17 years
How to support a loved one, Liquor licensing, Volunteering 30-70 years

Download the Community Action Plan template

Further project considerations

Consider the following questions when selecting your project/s and activities to ensure it is a good fit with your group and local community:

  • does your group have the capacity to carry out the project/s and activities?
  • do you have the resources (people, money, materials) available, or can you access them?
  • what expertise does your group have?
  • who could you partner with in order to access additional skills and knowledge?
  • what are the community’s strengths and challenges regarding alcohol and drug use?
  • how can you leverage off the strengths, and mitigate the challenges?

You may feel that further work is needed before you can decide on the best intervention for your community.

This may involve consultation with the community to gather their views and start engaging them in the ongoing work. If you need to do initial work with your community to confirm your projects/s and activities, your first Community Action Plan may be short term, with community consultation and planning as its focus.

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s suite of projects and activities toolkits provide guidance on the key steps to deliver the interventions, resources required, potential partners and measures of success. Read through the relevant toolkits to help you choose the best approach for your issue and your community.

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