Our Fence Builder Community Forums are designed to achieve three key outcomes
These Fence Building Community Forums typically last between 90 and 120 minutes (but can be conducted in a conference setting of half days if requested) and include a section at the mid-point which actively engages the forum attendees in discussion and trouble-shooting on AOD issues. This feedback is recorded by the group and summaries present verbally in the meeting. Whilst data is later collated and presented back to the community leaders in written form.
Whilst the Fence Building Forum contains some data on parenting/development of children/youth, the forum differs considerably from the Parent and Teacher Information evening, as these have more to do with the specifics of child education and development. However, the Fence Building Forum is focused more on community engagement at policy implementation and community strategy level, specifically focusing on Demand Reduction Education and Advocacy.
“Our passion is to see young people, families and communities be equipped and resourced with an holistic understanding not only of the destructive elements of the Alcohol and other drug arena, but more so the motivators and causal affects behind the symptom of Alcohol and other Drug use.
Further to that we seek to help families, communities and individuals in discovering resiliency developing options based on a sustainable worldview and values that enable them to make wise personal and community benefiting choices.”
(We are committed to providing education and referral to those caught in the maelstrom of substance misuse and abuse.)
'Twas a dangerous cliff, as they freely confessed,
though to walk near its crest was so pleasant:
But over its terrible edge there had slipped a duke and many a peasant;
so the people said something would have to be done.
But their projects did not at all tally:
Some said, "Put a fence around the edge of the cliff" Some, "
An ambulance down in the valley."
But the cry for the ambulance carried the day.
For it spread to the neighboring city:
A fence may be useful or not, it is true,
but each heart became brimful of pity,
for those who had slipped o'er that dangerous cliff,
And the dwellers in highway and alley gave dollars or gave cents,
not to put up a fence, But an ambulance down in the valley.
"For the cliff is alright if your careful," they said,
"and if folks even slip or are dropping,
it isn't the slipping that hurts them so much as the shock down below-when they're stopping,"
So day after day when these mishaps occurred,
quick forth would the rescuers sally
to pick up the victims who fell off the cliff,
with their ambulance down in the valley.
Then an old man remarked,
"it's a marvel to me that people give
far more attention to repairing results
than to stopping the cause, when they'd much
better aim at prevention.
Let us stop at its source all this mischief, cried he.
"Come neighbors and friends, let us rally :
If the cliff we will fence,
we might almost dispense with the ambulance down
in the valley." But a sensible few who are practical too,
will not bear with such nonsense much longer.
They believe that prevention is better than cure and their party will soon
be the stronger. Encourage them, then with your purse,
voice and pen and (while other philanthropists dally)
They will scorn all pretense,
and erect a stout fence on the cliff that hangs over the valley
Compiled by Hazel Felleman
Published by Doubleday, 1936