A free community event for the youth featuring a day of music, skateboarding, and art with musical performances from several Brisbane bands has been scheduled this October 2021.
Everyone is welcome to attend the event, which will be held on Sunday 9 October 2021 from 12:00 p.m. onwards at the Albany Creek Skate Park.
A partnership between Brisbane Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) and the SCHEMA Collective, the event aims to increase engagement from young people, particularly among at-risk youth, through activities in music, sport, art, and philanthropy as a way to minimise alcohol and other drug harms in the community.
Speaking from personal experience, SCHEMA Collective President Stoyan Stoyanov said he knows how powerful participating in structured leisure activities and feeling connected to a community can be at protecting young people from the harms of alcohol and other drug use, saving lives along the way.
“Music and skateboarding got me through a very difficult time in my life and experiencing this first-hand showed me how being exposed to engagement opportunities like creative hobbies, physical activities and giving back to the community can reduce the likelihood or severity of alcohol and other drugs harms,” says Stoyanov.
As well as live music, past events have included skateboard and scooter competitions and promotion of volunteering opportunities in partnership with not-for-profit organisations like Sea Shepherd and Clean Up Australia.
A representative from Kids Helpline is always present at SCHEMA Collective events, as the LDAT aims to normalise and destigmatise help-seeking and openness about mental health amongst young people.
LDATs work with the Alcohol and Drug Foundation in supporting grassroots organisations to build or extend partnerships in their own communities and develop a Community Action Plan of evidence-informed activities to prevent and minimise the harm caused by alcohol and other drugs at a local level.
For everyone’s safety, attendees are required to bring a mask, scan the QR code on arrival, and practice social distancing.