Family Drug Support Australia
Support Line: 1300 368 186
(available 24 hours 7 days a week)

The Social Exchange Podcast with Tony

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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
  • Volunteers Wanted for the FDS Support Line
Family Drug Support operates a national 24 hr, 7 day a week telephone support service for families affected by alcohol and other drug issues.
Some of the benefits of volunteering for FDS include:
  • Learning and applying practical skills
  • Enhanced self-awareness
  • Opportunity to give back to your community
  • Ongoing support and education in your work with FDS
  • Flexible telephone shifts from your own home phone
  • Opportunity to meet like-minded persons
"The time on the lines has been wonderful, the learning and sharing with other parents, siblings, and friends of drug users has been one of the biggest learning experiences of my life. I have fully appreciated the opportunity to listen and offer support to callers." - Maureen
We are looking for MATURE people who are:
  • Committed to volunteer a shift every two or three weeks for a minimum of twelve months
  • Non-judgemental
  • Empathetic
  • Good listeners
Please Note: You DO NOT have to have extensive knowledge of alcohol and drug issues nor do you need to be a counsellor.
COST: Training is only available to FDS members - FDS Membership $30. A training manual is also required ($30).


Interested in Volunteering? 

August 2019 – December 2019

For more information and to register your expression of interest check out the

Volunteering for FDS section on our website

QLD – Brisbane                                           Dates: Saturday 26 October 2019                          (9:00am – 5:00pm)


                                                                                  Sunday 27 October 2019

Venue: Queensland Positive People 21 Manilla St, East Brisbane 

Enquiries: Volunteer Manager 0416 212 426 or Head Office (02) 4782 9222

SA – Adelaide                                           Dates: Saturday 30 November 2019                          (9:00am – 5:00pm)


                                                                               Sunday 1 December 2019

Venue: TBC (Adelaide area)

Enquiries: Volunteer Manager 0416 212 426 or Head Office (02) 4782 9222

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