Wingecarribee Shire Council in partnership with the Shire’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community will host a ‘Yarning Circle’ to discuss the growing use of the illicit drug Ice.
Council’s Youth Liaison Officer Michelle Williams spoke about the concept.
“A Yarning Circle is a forum for discussion where participants can openly talk, listen and share their stories without judgement,” Michelle said.
“The Yarning Circle that will be held in October will specifically tackle and deal with the issue of the use of the drug Ice and its impact on families.”
Ice, along with speed and base, is a form of the potent stimulant drug methamphetamine.
The illegal use and distribution of the drug is a growing problem across the nation with evidence suggesting widespread use.
“Ice doesn’t discriminate and users can be male or female, white or blue collar workers,” Michelle said.
An open ‘Yarning Circle’ will be held on Thursday 12 October in Bowral for families experiencing abuse of the drug Ice.
“One of the issues we’ll be discussing will be the potential development of a support group for local families,” said Michelle.
The Yarning Circle is open to all ages but RSVP’s are essential.
Contact Council’s Youth Liaison Officer on phone 4868 0859 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to secure a seat and learn more about the event including venue details.
“The ramifications and consequences for both users of the drug and their families can be tragic,” Michelle added.
“We hope that by hosting this Yarning Circle people and families affected will learn that they’re not alone and that help is available.”