One of our future projects is DARE (Drugs and Alcohol use Reduction: Engage with young people), co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission. Drugs use and alcohol consumption are major threats to young people’s health and well-being worldwide. They contribute to all the leading causes of death for young people (suicide, road crashes, accidental poisoning, and assault).

Together with youth work partners from Argentina, Bulgaria, Chile, Ecuador, Netherlands and Romania we will directly address people aged 16 to 25 years old. To successfully implement the project, the project will expand the partners’ capacity in the domain of road safety, incl. driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, into the broader topic of drugs- and alcohol-associated problems.

As a conversation starter all partners will use a virtual reality bike simulator together with strong peer-to-peer communication strategies to interest the youth. Through this experience, and supported by the work of local working groups, we want to establish measurable change in young people’s alcohol- and drug-related behaviour.