Public libraries and Community Drug Action Teams (CDATS)

Community Drug Action Teams (CDATs) are groups of volunteers who work together to minimise and prevent the harmful use of alcohol and other drugs in their neighbourhoods.

What does a CDAT do?
CDAT stall in a public library

CDAT stall in Kempsey Library

Each team works to reduce the local impact of alcohol and other drug problems by identifying gaps in services and working with organisations and other community groups on local projects.
Common types of CDAT activities include:

  • identifying drug and alcohol-related problems in the local community
  • creation of leaflets listing local drug and alcohol services
  • drug information and education sessions - community forums and information expos
  • organising drug and alcohol-free events for young people
  • encouraging service/community partnerships (example: a local retailers’ voluntary code of conduct restricting the sale of solvents)
  • working with organisations and other community members to meet community needs.

CDATs are supported by a regional Senior Community Development Officer, whose role is to provide practical support to CDATs, assist in identifying resources and build relationships between CDATs.

How CDATs and libraries can work together:

  • co-location of information stalls
  • exchanging of information (adding libraries to CDAT distribution lists)
  • promotion of CDAT initiatives through the library
  • working in partnerships to create forums at the library
  • CDATs may have brochures and resources to distribute through libraries (eg. Pocket cards with lists of local services and emergency numbers)
  • host CDAT meetings at the library.

Drug Info encourages public libraries to work with local CDATs to improve community awareness of drug and alcohol issues. Please let us know about any collaborations, meetings or joint projects.

More information on CDATs can be found on the Alcohol and Drug Foundation website.