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Urban Intervention taking substance abuse awareness to local schools

Urban Intervention

André Marais

Urban Intervention continues to roll out its interventions in 2022 and has also been officially registered as a Public Benefit Organisation by the South African Revenue Service (SARS).
The organisation has designed a Harm Reduction program to educate our children and community and this program started in February 2022.
Once-off interventions and scare tactics have little or no value and we believe that a focused and regular approach to intervention, awareness and prevention will help to reduce the numbers of those people who start using drugs.
Using a combination of drug information and education combined with personal development input will provide knowledge and create resilience to those at risk of being affected by drug and alcohol abuse.

We will also focus on Risk Factors and Protective Factors:

Risk Factors

  • Family history of addiction. Drug or alcohol addiction is more common in some families and likely involves genetic predisposition.
  • Mental health disorder.
  • Peer pressure.
  • Lack of family involvement.
  • Early use.
  • Taking a highly addictive drug.
  • Low self-esteem/confidence

Protective Factors

  • Positive attitudes, values, or beliefs.
  • Conflict resolution skills.
  • Good mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional health.
  • Positive self-esteem.
  • Success at school.
  • Good parenting skills.
  • Parental supervision.
  • Strong social support.
Swellendam Buurtwag

Urban Intervention is currently running programs in 3 local and district primary schools and has established a relationship with the Western Cape Department of Education. We aim to grow our involvement with other primary schools in the coming months.
In addition, we have established a connection with another local school where we do regular awareness classes and mentor two of their senior students.

Our focus is on educating and equipping Grades 6 & 7 students in primary schools and will extend this to training teachers and parents. We are also available to speak at high schools and any other organisations.
We are also in the process of trying to secure the use of a piece of municipal land to establish a training and community centre.
Urban Intervention is part of the Swellendam Drug Action Committee which was recently established.

The LDAC is a municipality initiative in terms of the NATIONAL DRUG MASTER PLAN and the objective of this structure is to deal with the reduction of demand, supply, and harm of substance abuse.
Demand reduction deals with reducing the need for substances through prevention that includes educating potential users, making the use of substances culturally undesirable and imposing restrictions on the use of substances. Supply reduction looks at reducing the quantity of the substance available on the market

For more information and to partner with or sponsor the activities of Urban Intervention, please contact Andre Marais on 063 682 5544 or email urbaniwc@outlook.com

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