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Community forum on youth, alcohol and drugs

Media release
14 February 2005

Community forum on youth, alcohol and drugs

People of all ages with concerns about the safety of young people are invited to attend the Waitakere City Community Expo on 24 March 2005.

The expo aims to inform the community to deal more effectively with youth substance abuse.

“Our purpose is to let people know there are a considerable number of agencies to help. No situation is so hopeless, that it can’t be bettered,” says Councillor Ewen Gilmour, spokesperson on Youth.

“Solutions can come through raised awareness of the impact drugs have on youth, whänau and community.

“This expo is about becoming better informed about the resources available for young people who are trapped in unhealthy situations.

“The community is part of the solution,” he says.

Equipping the community with information is the aim of facilitators CAYAD (Community Action on Youth and Drugs) Waitakere City Council and social service providers.

“The forum is an opportunity for people to take part in a process that will in turn reap positive results for Waitakere youth. We want public input and feedback as a vital part of the our collaboration process,” says Councillor Gilmour.

There will be presentations from Hoani Waititi Marae, Police Youth Aid, Wai Health Addictions, Mental Health Foundation, Pasifica Health Care.

Enquiries: Colin Nathan (CAYAD Project Support Worker) 836-8000 ext 8660 or 021-680-817.

Waitakere City Community Expo

When? 9am – 5pm 24 March 2005

Where? Te Atatu South Community Centre, 247 Edmonton Rd.

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