Determine your activity

The next stage of developing your Community Action Plan is determining what activity and associated steps your group will deliver.

Activities

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


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

Find links to all 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 Alcohol and Other Drug Lifecycle planner and supporting document provides guidance on the activities best suited to support each stage as you confirm issues and target audience.

Figure 1: The alcohol and drug lifecyle

Figure 1: Alcohol and Other Drug issues across the lifespan

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Find the Alcohol and other drug issues across the lifespan document on the confirming your local issue and target audience page.

Table: Project and activities with target audiences

Activity Target audiences
Positive Parenting 0-5 years
Alcohol and Pregnancy 0-5 years
Education in Schools: Primary/Secondary/ TAFE/Higher Education 12-20 years
Supporting Teenagers 12-30 years
Peer Support 6-30 years
Mentoring 12-30 years
Strong and Connected Communities All audiences
Involving Volunteers 30-70+ years
Alcohol, Other Drugs and Older People 30-70+ years
Community Participation in Liquor Licencing All audiences
Supporting someone close to you 30-70 years
Pharmaceutical Information and Education 30-70+ years

Download the Community Action Plan template

Further activity considerations

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

  • does your group have the capacity to carry out the activity?
  • 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 activity, 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 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.