In 2005, the Hunter Multicultural Community Drug Action Team (CDAT) and the Drug and Alcohol Multicultural Education Centre (DAMEC) received a grant from the Foundation to produce an evidence-based and culturally sensitive toolkit of information and resources that would assist organisations work in partnership with the Hunter region’s African communities to address the issue of alcohol.
The guide aims to help organisations and community groups to work in partnership with diverse communities, and to develop strategies that address community needs and priorities.
The toolkit ‘Confident communities: A guide to working together with African communities to reduce alcohol-related harms’ was officially launched on 15 June 2015 at the Ethnic Communities Council of Newcastle and Hunter Region in Waratah by Mr Scott Farlow MLC. The launch event also featured presentations from Tony Brown (Hunter Multicultural CDAT Chairperson), John Sandy (Sierra Leone Community Leader), Clement Saidi (Congolese Community Leader), Kelvin Chambers (DAMEC) and Nikki Woolley (Australian Drug Foundation)
The toolkit ‘Confident communities: A guide to working together with African communities to reduce alcohol-related harms’ can be viewed online from the DAMEC and Australian Drug Foundation websites.
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Project date: 29 October 2013 – 15 June 2015
Organisation: Mercy Services (on behalf of Multicultural CDAT NSW), and the Drug and Alcohol Multicultural Education Centre (DAMEC)