Community Action on Youth and Drugs (CAYAD)

What is CAYAD ?
CAYAD is a Ministry of Health funded initiative to mimimise alcohol and other drug-related harm for young people.  
Our work has 
the following 4 aims:                                                                            

Informing community discussion and debate about issues related to alcohol and other drugs

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

Information for parents & caregivers of teens/young adults
You can sign up to receive our free RAISING TEENAGERS eNewsletter, 
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


Drug-related news and information for wellbeing workers
You can click here to receive monthly “DRUG INFO updates” by email

Promoting effective policies and practices to reduce alcohol and other drug-related harm

MJP toolkit covers 4webDrug Policy Development in local Youth Organisations

For organisations based in Nelson/Tasman region that work with young people, we can support you and your stakeholders to write a new alcohol & other drug policy or review your existing one.

We developed theMore than Just a Policy toolkit.  The Guidelines and Workbook were  included as one of six key resources in the Ministry of Education’s July 2016 Guidelines for schools for developing a policy on the sale, supply and consumption of  alcohol

In 2017 we completed and published the 3rd component; “Evaluating Alcohol and Other Drug  Policy”.
Click here for the GUIDELINEShere for the WORKBOOK and here to EVALUATE your AOD policy.


Making submissions
We make submissions to most 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 
If you are a provider of youth education/recreation or training please let us know if your staff have training needs to support young people to keep drug-related harm to a minimum.
One of our popular trainings has been 
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.


Reducing supply of alcohol and other drugs to young people

Reducing Supply of Alcohol by Parents to Delay Teen Drinking
"The Plan" project
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. 

The 2 key aims of The Plan are delaying supply of alcohol to under-18s, and motivating families to discuss and plan how to deal with alcohol. Sign up to read about The Plan project. 

Parent Discussion Evenings
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 co-create and facilitate a discussion evening for your parent group. 



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Please contact us using the form below if you would like more information about our CAYAD work.

You are welcome to contact us using this form.

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

Thank you for your enquiry.
We will respond as soon as possible.