The Western Region Alcohol and Drug Centre (WRAD) is going into the heart of the community to host an open information day about its services. The information day and free sausage sizzle will be held at the East Warrnambool Neighbourhood House in Fleetwood Court from 1-3pm on Wednesday, December 4.

WRAD Improved Services Coordinator Angela Alexander said the event was a way of making WRAD more accessible to the community. “We thought the neighbourhood house provides a familiar, convenient venue from which to inform the community about what we do and to involve some of our partners,” Ms Alexander said.

The event will include details about the Right Path therapeutic consortium, WRAD’s general practice medical services and a variety of programs to support clients with alcohol and other drug issues. Collaborative service providers including the Department of Human Services, the Family Services consortium, Families of Parents with a Mental Illness and a primary school counsellor are also expected to provide information.

Ms Alexander said it was hoped the information day would reach out to families and people living in the local area, especially those who may have transport difficulties. “It is a way to introduce and showcase our new ‘Right Path’ team and to let people know how WRAD can help them; in a relaxed informal environment,” she said.

WRAD Director Geoff Soma said that the community had played a big part in the services that have been developed for more than 25 years. ‘Our Community – our problem’ is an important message to promote to all,” Mr Soma said. “Rural communities show the way in demonstrating the need to work together to sort out issues facing us all.”