Youth LEAS - Paid Opportunities Available
Are you a Tasmanian aged 18-24 with a living or lived experience of alcohol or drug use?
Who We Are:
The Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drug Council (ATDC) is the peak body representing and supporting community organisations, and the people they assist in Tasmania. Our mission is to reduce alcohol, tobacco, and other drug-related harm for all Tasmanians. Learn more about us here.
The Lived Experience Advocate Service (LEAS) is a fee-for-service program run by the ATDC. We connect individuals with lived experience to unique opportunities such as recruitment panels, steering committees, government workshops, media releases, and public speaking events. Discover more here.
Who We’re Seeking:
We are looking for individuals aged 18-24 with lived or living experience of alcohol and other drugs. This may also include experience accessing support or treatment at alcohol and drug services in Tasmania. If you’re interested in providing insights and receiving monetary reimbursement for your time, we want to hear from you! We welcome a diverse range of individuals from anywhere in Tasmania from all backgrounds, communities, beliefs, education levels, literacy skills, and confidence levels!
What It Will Look Like:
Your involvement will be tailored to your comfort level, but potential roles include:
– Online group calls facilitated by ATDC staff
– One-on-one calls or meetings with ATDC staff
– Reviewing paperwork and providing written feedback over email
– Other formats depending on your preferences
Regular and reliable access to technology is essential as all contact will primarily occur through email, phone, or video calls.
Each role, including your induction with the LEAS Coordinator, will attract an honorarium of $42 per hour.
- Email our LEAS Coordinator, Kyle, at email@example.com to introduce yourself and express your interest.
- Liaise with Kyle to set up an induction phone call—an approximate 1-hour overview of the service where you’ll receive a $42 honorarium. This is an opportunity to answer your questions, and establish which areas of your living/lived experience you’re comfortable to speak about.
- Sign relevant paperwork, including our LEAS Agreement.
- You’re all set to start receiving role opportunities matched to your interests!
The Lived Experience Advocate Service are funded by the Department of Health through the Tasmanian State Government.
Lived Experience Advocate Service Coord.A generous, positive and friendly human, the more serious elements of Kyle’s social justice warrior persona aren’t easy to pick on first greeting. But his passion for social justice quickly becomes evident through his deeply thoughtful and captivating conversation.Read more✖
His teammates describe him as a creative and inspiring visionary, but also value his playful and fun attitude. His mastery of words and delight in using them well also makes Kyle a loved member of the team. Kyle’s experiences in both volunteer and paid work have brought a kaleidoscope of perspectives to his current role, and the addition of his academic success makes a recipe for success when working with his team and clients. When Kyle isn’t supporting the Lived Experience Advocate Service, you might find him promoting his bestselling novel The Bluffs (2020, Penguin Random House Australia.) Kyle holds a Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching) and he hopes to see a world where some of the major causes of crime – i.e., lack of education, safety, and housing – are acknowledged as a responsibility of the whole community to work to improve, and so see crime rates truly drop. Career highlights:
- Being recipient of the 2021 Tasmanian Minister’s ATOD Sector Emerging Leader Award
- Three months of mission work in Mozambique
- Breakout bestselling novel The Bluffs, 2020, Penguin Random House Australia
Director, Lived ExperienceGreg is highly experienced in the visual arts and community development sectors. He helped establish the Spinifex Hill Studio in the Pilbara region of Western Australia and has worked around the country as a freelance producer.Read more✖
Greg brings his artistic sensibility to his role, quietly radiating intelligence and creativity. He is witty and sharp, but has a steady and reliable nature that the team greatly appreciates. Greg’s skills and experience in working with a broad range of people means he is insightful and sensitive, and can adapt to the various daily experiences his role presents in an authentic way. Integrity is important to him, and this shows in his honesty and kind critiques of others when necessary – leading to strong and trusting relationships. Greg would love to see a legitimate platform for people who have lived experience to be heard, and for this to lead to positive change in our society. He also hopes for a future where uncertainty in our community leaders isn’t seen as a weakness, and curiosity is valued over immediate decision-making. Career highlights:
- Writing the business case for the independent lived experience organisation for the alcohol and other drug sector in Tasmania for the ATDC
- Being the founding studio manager of Spinifex Hill Studio in the Pilbara region of Western Australia