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Building Stronger Communities Working with the youth to build a better tomorrow. Let's Talk? ABOUT We are here for you The PROJECT SUNRISE is an Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Initiative funded by the Victorian African Communities Action Plan (VACAP). Project Sunrise provides alcohol and other drug support to African young people aged 12-34 and their families. African Youth AOD Outreach Workers deliver counselling, case management and provide referrals for African young people and families across 10 regions. Project Sunrise also delivers educational sessions about the harms of alcohol and other drug use to families and young people in the community. Led by the African Australian Welfare Bureau (AAWB), together with Odyssey House Victoria (OHV), Positive Mental Health Program (PMHP), and the Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS), the project will deliver AOD outreach and education, with the aim of improving health and wellbeing outcomes for young African people in Victoria, in line with the aims of VACAP.
The Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) education and outreach project objectives are to:
Improve understanding of alcohol and drug related harm among African Australian people; Improve pathways to health services, treatment and rehabilitation; Build trust between service providers and African Australian communities; Increase service provider understanding of substance use issues in African Australian communities; and Contribute to sustainable, long-term improvements to the service providers' cultural competency.
VACAP aims to build welcoming communities, improve outcomes, and create lasting opportunities for Victorians of African heritage. VACAP has funded an AOD Initiative that aims to build capacity in, and better support, African communities.

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