My guests in the studio today were Youth Liaison Officer Senior Constable Stefanie Murray and School Liaison Officer Senior Constable Lynda Hart and we had a phone interview with Chris Raine from the ever growing organisation Hello Sunday Morning.
We kicked the show off with a look at what role the police play in overseeing parties, how they can support to ensure the party goes smoothly but offering some basic tips on how to plan and what things to watch out for at your event.
There are many reasons why the police might stop by, and if they show up...don't panic! but if you really don't want to have their company then follow some basic tips...
It is OK to say no and adults have to role model that behaviour
Top reason police are called:
Noise complaints - there are often many warnings before the music is turned off giving the party holder the opportunity to be responsible and considerate neighbours
If your music is so loud that it is wobbling next door's windows then you can be asked to turn it down, but if the police get numerous calls then they have more legality to close down the party
Police can also turn up to
Top Tips for a Successful Party
Learning how to socialise
without alcohol is a life lesson
Chris shared with us how it started with some self-refection of his won relationship with alcohol and sharing that via a blog. It inspired 20 people to follow suit and there are now programs which have supported over 41,000 to re-assess their relationship with alcohol. They are looking to develop program which would support those who find 3 months abstinence too large a task and aim to support 45,000 by the end of the year.
Chris stressed it wasn't about having or not having alcohol but about developing a more conscious drinking culture. Their focus and technology is aimed at asking yourself why you are drinking when you go to have a drink.
- Escape from work
- Deal with your tiredness
- Bolster your confidence
The questions which Hello Sunday Morning then ask is 'Is there another way to cope with that stress or those issues other than drinking?' and how they can support you to develop those skills. They provide a space to support you as you cut back a little or ask the question so that the relationship with alcohol changes when each participant is ready.
Hello Sunday Morning have built a community who can support those who want to understand the 'how' - other organisations deal with the 'why'.
They are not impinging on the fundraising markets of Dry July or Feb Fast or Ocsober which can all provide platforms to raise funds whilst you take a break from alcohol, but they do offer the 'how' and the support to walk you through the initial challenge.
Check out the resource links below to take part in any of the events mentioned above or to find out more about Hello Sunday Morning.
Contacting your Youth Liaison Office or school Liaison Officer
Police NSW alcohol laws OLGR fact sheet
Hello Sunday Morning
Febfast - alcohol