Codes 4 Life: 3 focus areas in 2021
Feb 17, 2021
Codes 4 Life is an Aboriginal men’s program that seeks to address and curb unlawful behaviour stemming from alcohol and substance abuse, by reconnecting Aboriginal men with their cultural identity and responsibilities. All workshops are facilitated by Manager Michael Liddle and Project Officer Wayne Scrutton, and overseen by Aboriginal Elders.
Over the past year, Codes 4 Life has conducted adapted workshops in high-impact locations, and created a platform to improve the delivery of programs for Aboriginal men’s wellbeing. The team has worked to improve understanding about men’s health; increased awareness about the issues around alcohol, marijuana, domestic violence and sexual health; and drawn attention to how bad habits affect Aboriginal men’s wellbeing.
In addition to continuing their work from the previous year, the team has outlined three key areas they will focus on in 2021:
1. Accelerating the impact of partnerships
Codes 4 Life will work with CASSE Australia and the Alice Springs Youth Detention Centre to increase knowledge about local service providers and the scope of their delivery. This will help bridge gaps in knowledge, improve service deliveries, and promote a higher level of accountability within local organisations.
2. Facilitating conversations about domestic violence
Although past workshops have addressed domestic violence and sexual abuse, the Codes 4 Life team is committed to intensifying their efforts in the space. In 2021, they will invite women to speak about domestic violence at workshops, so that participants can hear first-hand accounts about the extent of the problem and its ramifications.
“This is hard ground that needs to be covered. It’s costing lives, and it’s causing families to split up. We need to stop dodging the issue; it needs to be addressed!”
3. Understanding the brain and human psychology
In a new direction for Codes 4 Life, the team will work with psychologists to advance rehabilitation for Aboriginal men, and help them understand the steps they need to take to better their rehabilitation process. The initiative will also culminate in new workshop material for Codes 4 Life participants to learn how the brain works under different emotional states, and the manner in which drugs and alcohol affect their thinking.
Incorporating their new focus areas, the team will continue their work to preserve knowledge about Aboriginal identity and culture, while also reinforcing messages about the need to follow rules in the Western world.
In 2021, Codes 4 Life will deliver around 10 workshops in Central Australia, concentrating on authentic deliveries to maximise engagement and lay the groundwork for the most positive outcomes.