Family Drug Support Australia
Support Line: 1300 368 186
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The Social Exchange Podcast with Tony

Tony Trimingham spends time talking with Zach Rhoads - Author and founder of The Social Exchange Podcast. Listen to the podcast here:
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Vale Ray Richmond

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Rev. Ray Richmond, former Minister at the Wayside Chapel. Ray played an enormous part in helping to achieve Australia’s first injecting facility. When a group of us were planning to open an injecting facility. As a trial and an act of civil disobedience, Ray provided the final piece of the jigsaw by offering the Wayside Chapel as a location for the service. The Tolerance room opened for approximately 10 days and ensured an injecting facility was added to the agenda for the 1999 NSW Drug Summit.
The Drug Summit then approved a recommendation to open one in Kings Cross which became the MSIC. During the time that the tolerance room was open, Ray Richmond and 3 drug users were arrested in a police raid on the premises. The magistrate threw out the charges and complained about the waste of time and resources.
I remember Ray as a very warm-hearted person who wanted to make a difference to the lives of the people affected by drugs and other social problems. I am pleased to have called him a friend, and he will be missed.
Tony Trimingham, OAM
Family Drug Support

Stepping Forward

Forward Education & Interactive Sessions for families with AOD users
Stepping Forward delivers useful information and support and appeals to a wide audience. The emphasis is on straightforward language, reality based information and useful interaction.
There are currently 3 x 2 hour sessions on offer:
• Stages of Change and 'Balance Pole'
• Effective Communication
• Alcohol and Other Drugs Information

Separate modules can be provided for:
• Treatment and Recovery
• Boundary Setting and Dealing with Conflict
• ICE Presentation
           • Engaging with Families Workshop

Sessions can be presented alone or as part of a series. Each session is designed to provide participants with something of value without having to attend all sessions. It is hoped that some of the participants will go on to attend Stepping Stones to Success as a result of their experience at the Stepping Forward sessions.
The Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) provides funding under the Families and Treatment project. The delivery of Stepping Forward will be undertaken by the 'Bridging the Divide' officers as part of their performance indicators.
There are three core sessions on offer focusing on areas of challenge for families. The sessions can be presented alone or as part of a series (including one of more of the other sessions). Whichever format, sessions are designed so that the participants will take away something of value without having to attend other sessions.
Delivery, timing and group size
The sessions are delivered by way of a community education forum. There is virtually no limit as to the size of the audience. Each session is designed to run for two to two and a half hours.
Fitting in with other FDS services
Stepping Forward does not replace FDS's flagship support program – Stepping Stones to Success. Stepping Forward is created in recognition that not all families can attend Stepping Stones' 27 hour format and not everyone will want the complexity and intensity of Stepping Stones. Some people simply will not attend groups.
It is hoped that some of the participants from Stepping Forward will go on to attend Stepping Stones to Success. The rest of this document provides the agenda items for each of the four sessions. This is to provide general information regarding the sessions and the topics for delivery.
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