Annual Information Statement 2019

Legal Name
Macarthur Drug & Alcohol Services Committee Incorporated

About the charity

Other names charity is known by (such as trading name)
Youth Solutions
Charity size
Fundraising online
Is the charity an incorporated association?
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NSW incorporated association number: Y0299415
Does the charity intend to fundraise in the next reporting period?
Select the state/territory where the charity intends to fundraise in the 2019 reporting period
NSW fundraising number: 15538
Basic Religious Charity

Activities and Beneficiaries

Did the charity operate in the 2019 reporting period?
Main activity
Other health service delivery
Main activities
  • Other education
  • Research
Description of charity's activities and outcomes
Youth Solutions’ single and steadfast objective is to have a positive impact on the lives of young people and for them to remain safe, healthy and well. Our programs are designed to address a range of issues faced by marginalised and vulnerable young people in the local community. In 2018-19, the team delivered 207 drug and alcohol prevention workshops and engaged with 1936 young people through PEEP, DAIR, ARTucation and other related projects. Each workshop series was tailored to the specific needs of the young people, with time and effort put towards formative evaluation and planning.
In 2018-19, Youth Solutions delivered the Drug and Alcohol Information and Resilience Skills (DAIR) project to 272 young people from 10 different educational institutions in South Western Sydney. The DAIR project addresses a range of topics related to drug and alcohol issues (including mental health, peer influence, support and referral, and effective communication) and continues to be Youth Solutions most frequently booked workshop series. Of the young people who participated in the project, 99% reported increased knowledge on how to be safe around alcohol and other drugs, and 98% reported increased knowledge about services that can help them if they are having a hard time.
ARTucation is an Aboriginal-specific project which couples drug and alcohol education with learnings of healthy creative expression. The project relies on external Indigenous Facilitators to deliver the cultural component of the workshops, which celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture. In 2018-19, 166 young people from 12 different educational institutions participated in the project. Of those participants, 98% reported increased knowledge about ways to keep themselves and their friends safe around alcohol.
The Peer Enrichment and Empowerment (PEEP) project aims to empower youth volunteers aged 16-25 to develop and implement harm prevention and health promotion activities in an effort to increase the AOD knowledge and skills in health behaviours of their peers. In 2018-19, young people involved in PEEP co-facilitated 40 peer education workshops to 930 young people aged 12-25 years. The majority of these workshops were delivered as part of Youth Solutions’ SAFE Series which included ‘Party Safe’ and ‘Drive Safe’. 94% of the young people who participated would recommend the Safe Series to their friends.
Youth Solutions also connected with many other young people through community development work, engagement stalls and health promotion campaigns. Some of these include:
• Safer Celebrations Campaign 2018-19 – What about tomorrow? Celebrate Safe
• #whyichoose Campaign
• AOD Link Program
• Drive Safe Project
Youth Solutions also made 250 direct referrals via phone, online or face to face, and 726 referrals at community events. Youth Solutions referral process provides information, support, brief advice and links to other appropriate help services for those in need.
Where the charity conducted activities during the 2019 reporting period
New South Wales
Will the charity change or introduce any activities in the 2020 period?
Main beneficiary
Youth - 15 to under 25
Other beneficiaries
  • General community within Australia
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • People from a culturally and linguistically diverse background

Annual report

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Human Resources

Human resources
  • Full time employees: 2
  • Part time employees: 6
  • Casual employees: 0
  • Full-time equivalent staff (FTE): 6.40
  • Estimated number of volunteers: 30

Financial Reporting

Charity's 2019 reporting period
1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019
Type of financial statement
General purpose financial statements
Financial report consolidated with more than one entity?
Financial report submitted to a state/territory regulator?

Income and Expenses

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