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Work­shop equips par­tic­i­pants to help com­mu­ni­ties

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COM­MU­NITY am­bas­sadors from var­i­ous ar­eas in Buf­falo City Metropoli­tan Mu­nic­i­pal­ity re­cently at­tended a five-day work­shop to equip them­selves in a bid to change com­mu­ni­ties into drug- and al­co­hol-free ar­eas.

About 40 par­tic­i­pants from dif­fer­ent sec­tors of their re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties at­tended the work­shop, ini­ti­ated by The South African Na­tional Coun­cil on Al­co­holism and Drug Depen­dence (Sanca) in part­ner­ship with Com­mu­nity Anti-Drug Coali­tions of Amer­ica (Cadca) at the Os­ner Ho­tel last week.

The par­tic­i­pants are from Brei­d­bach, Dun­can Vil­lage, Buf­falo Flats and Scenery Park. They re­ceived cer­tifi­cates from Cadca on com­ple­tion of the course.

The Brei­d­bach par­tic­i­pants found the work­shop help­ful as they see on a daily ba­sis how rife drug and al­co­hol abuse have be­come in their com­mu­nity.

Ber­nito Gosling, who is a mem­ber of the Bel­stone Con­gre­ga­tional Church in Brei­d­bach, said the skills they had ac­quired at the work­shop would ben­e­fit the en­tire com­mu­nity, as what they had learnt could help oth­ers to over­come so­cial ills like drug abuse.

“In a pe­riod of one week we were taught so many things, such on how to over­come drugs within our com­mu­nity; who to be work­ing with; what a coali­tion is; how to ar­range meet­ings and bring­ing on board other im­por­tant stake­hold­ers,” Gosling said.

“We are five mem­bers and will be called the Brei­d­bach Anti-Drug Coali­tion, and will be work­ing closely with all other struc­tures within our com­mu­nity to strive in bring­ing chance,” he added.

Cadca is an in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion rep­re­sent­ing more than 5000 com­mu­nity anti-drug coali­tions in the United States and abroad, and holds con­sul­ta­tive sta­tus with the United Na­tions Eco­nomic and So­cial Coun­cil and en­joys non-profit sta­tus in the US.

They build – and strengthen – the ca­pac­ity of com­mu­nity coali­tions by pro­vid­ing tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance and train­ing, pub­lic pol­icy education and ad­vo­cacy, coali­tion-spe­cific media strate­gies, na­tional con­fer­ences and spe­cial events.

An­other Brei­d­bach res­i­dent, Clo­dia Swanepoel, com­mended Sanca and Cadca for the op­por­tu­nity.

“I ex­tend my sin­cere grat­i­tude to Sanca for al­low­ing me to at­tend the course and I also have to com­mend the Cadca fa­cil­i­ta­tors for the pro­fes­sional way in which they pre­sented the work­shop,” Swanepoel said.

She is look­ing for­ward to im­ple­ment­ing the knowl­edge gained from the course..

Sanca di­rec­tor Roger Weimann said it was a plea­sure to have the Brei­d­bach group with them and they were look­ing for­ward to de­vel­op­ing a long-term re­la­tion­ship and a strong coali­tion.

“I think the course was ex­cel­lent and that us­ing the model they gave us to im­ple­ment change can only be ben­e­fi­cial in our com­mu­ni­ties.”

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

FOR­WARD STEP: Fa­cil­i­ta­tor Col­ber Pros­per, left, Clo­dia Swanepoel, Veron­ica Kock, Ber­nito Gosling, fa­cil­i­ta­tor Irina Broughton, (back), Jona-Lize Eras­mus and Jowaine Jurie show off the cer­tifi­cates re­ceived at an anti-drug work­shop last week

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