Community Action on Youth and Drugs (CAYAD)

What is CAYAD ?
CAYAD is a contract to mimimise alcohol and other drug-related harm for young people.  
Funded by Ministry of Health, we work to achieve 
the following 4 aims:

Informing community discussion & debate about issues related to
alcohol & other drugs (AOD):

We try to reach young people, their parents, the general public, and the 'youth wellbeing' sector with information that will help young people be able to make informed choices that lead to healthier outcomes.

If you're a parent of teens/young adults you can join our PARENT & YOUTH INFO eNewsletter service, which tells you about things like:

  • opportunities for young people

eg holiday programmes, school-leaver courses, youth development courses, meetings & events, workshops, etc

  • opportunities for parents

eg forums, trainings, support groups, discussions, workshops, etc

We send the information; you choose what to do next.

If you would like to receive our PARENT YOUTH INFO updates by email, you can sign up here.

Some of our "key messages" are specifically about drug-related issues or drug-using behaviours, for example about reducing supply or positive role modeling; other messages are designed to get people thinking about things like risk management /boundary setting and effective communication.

If you work in the youth wellbeing sector and would like to share the same key messages, please contact us.  
You can also click here to receive monthly “DRUG INFO updates” by email.  

MJP toolkit covers 4webPromoting effective policies and practices to reduce alcohol and other drug-related harm:

If your organisation is based in Nelson/Tasman region and works with young people, we can work with you and your stakeholders to write a new drug policy (including alcohol), or review your existing one.

We wrote a toolkit called More than Just a Policy; it has 3 components.

Click here for the GUIDELINEShere for the WORKBOOK and here to EVALUATE your AOD policy.

We make regular submissions to local and national drug-related law changes. Let us know if you want to find out more about making drug-related submissions to Council or government.

Increasing local capacity to support youth education, employment and recreation providers:

We build capacity for local youth organisations in the following ways:

a)     Evaluation Planning – this is a comprehensive process where we support your organisation to be clear about its goals and then figure out how you will find out if you are achieving those goals

b)     Professional Development – we offer trainings for people working with youth in the above fields.  One of our popular trainings is learning about the cannabis "screening tool"  - known as CUPIT -  to help young people find out if their cannabis use is risky or problematic. 

CUPIT is available on-line as a self-adding questionnaire or you can click here to download the CUPIT as a PDF.

If you are a provider of youth education/recreation or training please let us know if your staff have other training needs to support young people, and keep drug-related harm to a minimum.

Reducing supply of alcohol and other drugs to young people:

Reducing supply doen't mean we work like Customs or the police.  Instead, we try to inform parents and peers/family members who might be supplying alcohol or other drugs to under-18 year olds of their legal & social responsibilities, and the impacts of alcohol on young people that might cause people to think twice and choose not to give alcohol to minors. 

We also try to improve networks between parents, by holding parent discussion evenings which focus on risk management, boundary setting, communication with young people, and positive role modeling to reduce alcohol or other drug-related harm.  

Let us know if you would like us to hold a discussion for your parent group. 

Family Rules some examples from the discussion at Fairfield House

The image here shows some of the themes
that were raised by parents
in a recent Parent Discussion Evening.







Remember you can sign up for PARENT YOUTH INFO emails here.  
We send the information; y
ou choose what to do next.


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Please mention which subject your enquiry is about:
COMPASS (mental health advocacy & peer support services)
Kotuku respite house
Mental Health Promotion
Wellbeing@Work - Oranga Mahi
The Business Forum on Mental Health
Youth and Drugs (CAYAD)
or other enquiry

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