WHAT WE DO HERE
''we like to be crystal clear about who we are and what we do (and do not do) as a small but passionate, grassroots charity.''
-founder: Shanna Whan.
''Expectations are everything - so if you're a visitor or coming here for support it is REALLY important to us that you understand who we are, what we do, and what we don't do.
In a nutshell: we are a small charity with a laser-sharp focus on rural, regional & remote Australia; because that's our back yard and what we know inside-out, and it's also where we see enormous and unacceptable gaps.
We reckon that the minority of Australians who work hard on the land (and in associated rural businesses and across small country towns) to feed and clothe the majority deserve adequate, equal access to a range of services, support and help when it comes to overcoming alcohol abuse, misuse, and addictions.
And as it stands, that simply isn't happening. We are still an overlooked demographic, and our own leadership isn't addressing it. So we are. We created SITC to be one small part of the solution.
Our motto is that we 'do what we can with what we have.'
The snapshot of what we do (as outlined in the infographic below) is this: we are here to facilitate peer-to-peer support in a safe and friendly online space; to advocate in a broadscale capacity for better regional and rural services Australia wide, and to educate our peers with real talk to break down stigmas and barriers that prevent our mates seeking the help they might need.
Please be aware straight up that we do NOT offer one-on-one addictions support, advice or clinician support and psychology services. We offer peer group support only at this stage. We are aligned with Australia's leading alcohol awareness service providers and therefore we aren't interested in re-inventing the wheel.
What we do here is to collaborate with the many amazing services that already exist and to break down barriers so that rural people know where to start, where to go, and to have a cheer squad on their side as they move forward from a place of recognising they're not in a great place and need a leg-up. Whether that's 'problem drinking' or alcoholic drinking - we have a lot of amazing referral points for those who are serious about making a change.
Remember: our charity is only 6 months old. We are growing and developing rapidly but will never pretend to me more than what we are and nor will we ever present as the solution to this enormous national problem. We are, however, leading the pack from a boots-on-the-ground perspective now.
Also please note that we do not represent any one particular programme, person, or organisation. Our philosophy is firmly based in that we don't believe there is a ''one-size-fits-all'' - rather, we are here to create a safe space for people to let their walls down, feel like they are finally at home in a like-minded tribe, and to encourage those who are ready and willing to seek change to know that there IS help available.
Our job is in playing a specific role in rural and regional Australia to break stigmas, start conversations, and to affect social change through our own lived experience.