PARTY SMART - PARTY SAFE
A practical and fun workshop for parents and young people!
For many of the Coast's young people and their family, school formals, graduations, 16th and 18th birthday's, Schoolies Week and end of year exams are all potential times for a celebration! But they also represent a significant risk particularly if parties and celebrations are poorly planned.
With the support of the Queensland Department of Communities; Management of Public Intoxication Program, Community Solutions Inc is providing local young people and their parents with the opportunity to attend a free information workshop about planning safe home parties and private celebrations along with strategies and tips to help make parties safe!
The free workshop is taking place on 21 August, 6:30 - 9:00pm at Lake Kawana Community Centre. Topics covered at the workshop will include:
Parties - how do they go wrong?
Hosting a party? Plan and Prepare!
Who is responsible?
Smart party choices and ideas
Who can support and assist?
Dealing with an emergency
…and there will be a Free Party Smart - Party Safe Information Kit for all who attend.
Workshop Guest Presenters include, Queensland Police Service, Ben O'Neill (Queensland Ambulance Paramedic and presenter for the National Survival Skills for School Leavers Program), Street Angels and Community Solutions Inc.
The workshop will see the launch the Sunshine Coast Party Smart - Party Safe Safety Card - a pocket size resource for young people which details emergency contact phone numbers, and other relevant safety and support service contacts. The card will also include key "party safe" tips and tools and emergency first-aid information.
Parties and celebrations play an important role in building and maintaining healthy social communities and for young people in particular, partying with friends contributes greatly to their "rite of passage" experience, providing young people, with the opportunity to engage with others, socialise, celebrate and make connections. While parties are important for social development, there are risks involved that can lead to unfortunate circumstances should events not be well planned, supported and implemented with the guests safety and well being in mind.
Ritchie Duce, Coordinator of Public Safety Services - Community Solutions Inc. said, "The issue of dysfunctional parties is a growing concern within our community and this workshop will incorporate relevant and interesting party safe information and resources for local young people and parents. The Party Smart - Party Safe initiative acknowledges that a collaborative approach to prevent dysfunctional parties requires the involvement of key community stakeholders, including police, local and state government departments, residents, schools, community agencies and the local media. Community Solutions have been encouraged with the response and interest so far, of which has been very positive."