SAVEU Workshop at Shearwater
On 20th March, Project U Turn and Mullumbimby Fire Brigade combined forces for the 3rd year in a row to present the SAVEU Workshop at Shearwater Steiner School. Year 10 students from Cape Byron and Shearwater spent the day learning about safe driving through the RescueEd component of the day, followed by our Project U Turn component about safe drinking.
The Cape Byron students and the Shearwater students were mature, insightful, respectful, open and engaging when we presented information about alcohol and harm minimisation strategies.
Special thanks must go to the 10 volunteer facilitators that helped out on the day, leading the students in groups and providing opportunities to discuss issues that concern young people today - especially around alcohol.
Also, thank you to Jenny Lemmon from Community Health for leading the Q&A session where students were able to ask questions about alcohol and drugs to someone at the 'coalface'.
Project U Turn was very pleased to support the opening night at the
YACROCK CAFE on 9th March. BUDDI (Byron Underage Drinking and Drug Initiative) and BYS have initiated a Friday night drop-in/ music mentoring program that will run every Friday night at the YAC from 5-10pm. The opening night was a hugely successful evening with over 120 young people enjoying performances by Cecilia Brandolini & sisters, Lifeline, Loki and Haven Hough & Mitchell Smith. Special thanks must go to Nicqui Yazdi of BUDDI who pulled the whole event together with her wonderful volunteers, the Byron Bay Pizza Co for supplying delicious pizzas for the hungry masses, Matt from Bone Machine for the skateboard and t-shirts prizes, Common Ground for their donation and NRCF for the grant that helped to kick start the project. Thanks also to Tom Whittaker and Phil Brandolini for the set up and Belle Arnold & Byron Shire Council for helping out with the PA.
Yes - that time of year again! BYS and Project U Turn vollies will be helping out on our stalls at both entrances, encouraging safe drinking and driving over the festival weekend. We will also have our Brain mascot making the rounds and saying hello to festival goers and reminding them to take it easy and look after themselves.