You must have read in newspapers and seen on TV the horrifying stories of the effects of drug abuse on young people, their families and their communities countless times. There is no guaranteed parenting style or community program that will ensure that teenagers will not touch drugs or alcohol. Whilst, changes in a person’s behaviour and physical appearance may indicate drug or alcohol use, there are still no specific signs.
According to a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) in June 2017, younger Australians' smoking and drinking habits have improved. There might have been a decrease in the past years of teenage drug abuse but the sad fact is the problem still exists.
The Noffs Foundation has been helping socially disadvantaged and disconnected young people, those from the Indigenous community and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, since 1970. Their main focus is the treatment of young people with drug and alcohol problems and in particular those with comorbid mental health issues.
Noffs involves the entire community by organising and promoting events to create shared experiences, open pathways for communication and enhance the sense of social inclusion. These young people and their loved ones need continuous support. If you would like to help, you can send Noffs donations, purchase at any of their Op Shops or Social Enterprises (Street Uni Clothing, Gideon Shoes, Child Of The Stars), or render volunteer work.
Just recently, Spacer, the premier peer to peer marketplace for storage space, called out for help from hosts around the Randwick, Newtown and Surry Hills areas for spare storage spaces that the foundation can use for a short period of time. Dennis Adolphe, Commercial Enterprise Manager Head of Noffs Op Shops, said that the Foundation are drowning in clothing donations and is in need of a safe, dry and lockable space for any period available. It may just be an extra space but it will greatly help the foundation keep and manage valuable donations.
If you live within those areas and would like to temporarily give your extra space for a good cause, you may call Spacer at 1300 500 538 or send an email at [email protected]. Alternatively, you may visit https://spacer.com.au and chat with their friendly customer experience team. Spacer believes that the sharing community is also a caring community.
Noffs Foundation, https://noffs.org.au/
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, https://www.aihw.gov.au/news-media/media-releases/2017/2017-jun/teenage-smoking-drinking-down-while-drug-use