Engaging with CALD Communities Around Drinking Culture

How might we develop a framework for understanding and positively influencing the drinking culture amongst culturally and linguistically diverse communities?

Client: Alcohol & Drug Foundation (for VicHealth)

Project: CALD Community Engagement Framework

In 2016, the Alcohol & Drug Foundation (ADF) had a vision to improve the drinking culture within one or more priority groups from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) population. Funded by VicHealth, a project was established to develop a framework for understanding and positively influencing the drinking culture of priority cultural groups identified by ADF based on their level of social and economic disadvantage, as well as current risky drinking practices.

White Light was engaged by the ADF from November 2016 to February 2016 to facilitate a community engagement process with the selected cultural groups and to document the outcomes as a framework to inform future engagement.

The project was undertaken in three stages:

Stage 1 Establishment: Coordination of stakeholders and priority groups and design of the overall engagement process.

Stage 2 Engagement: Design and facilitation of a range of workshops and focus groups with representatives of the priority cultural groups. Summary of the engagement outcomes.

Stage 3 Framework: Development and presentation of a framework document for CALD community engagement.

The engagement framework resources created as part of this project were subsequently developed into a community consultation toolkit published by the ADF to support Local Drug Action Teams.

For more information and to access the toolkit, visit: https://adf.org.au/programs/local-drug-action-teams/ldat-resources/community-consultation/

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Rebecca Lovitt

Head of Marketing, Engagement & Digital, Alcohol & Drug Foundation


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