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The Out There and Active Program was run in Caboolture, Queensland, by the Caboolture Shire Council in collaboration with community youth programs. The program targeted young people, aged nine to 17 years, at risk of using volatile substances, with a particular focus on the practice of chroming. The program was a part of the Caboolture Shire volatile substance misuse (VSM) strategy, part of the scope of which was to implement a range of programs to reduce the substance use issues among the Shire's young people.
Through this program, young people who chroming, or at risk of taking up the practice, were encouraged to participate in weekly activities, camps and mystery tours. These were designed to keep young people engaged with the community and to show them alternative ways of living.
The program received support from local services such as Youth Justice Service, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and the Youth Caboolture Area Network. Arts Queensland, through their Regional arts development funding program, also provided support through funding to encourage participation in weekly music lessons.
Abstract adapted from Queensland Government
Moreton Bay Regional Council
PO Box 159
Caboolture Qld 4510
Ph: (07) 5420 0225
Fax: (07) 5420 0350