The Training for volunteers
It is important to train the volunteers as they will be the reference for youngsters asking them questions on drink- and drug- driving. The volunteers need to feel at ease during the action so they need to be well prepared. Our goal is not to be repressive or to spread a negative message; on the contrary we always try to go deeper into discussion with the revellers in order to find the most reasonable solution to arrive home safely.
You have to foreseen an half day or at least two hours to do the training with the volunteers before the event. The easiest is to use a PPT presentation explaining the steps of the event and the way to do it. You can also organize role plays to make the volunteers practice as if they were already on the very night of the event.
PPT presentation: ENWA training presentation
Alcohol and drugs training:
The organisation can decide to do only alcohol tests or add drug tests next to those.
The volunteers should be trained on the effects of alcohol and, if needed, drugs behind the wheel, the legal limits and sanctions applied in their country, the “designated driver” concept and also on how to use the tests during the action. Please find further information on drink-drugs driving by following the link hereunder.
Drink driving information: “Drink driving information”
Drugged-driving information: “Drugged-driving information”
Drug fact sheet: “Drug-fact-sheet”
BAC levels in Europe
Breathalyzers and drug tests training:
This training concerns the use of the Dräger brand breathalyzers. If you will use another type of alcohol test, the best might be to ask to the institution that is lending you the breathalyzers to set the training for the volunteers.
Concerning the drug tests, the training is a bit different if you are using the Oratect or the DrugWipe tests.
In the training for volunteers ppt file, we are using the DrugWipe II, you just have to adapt it according to the test you are using.
Contralco training : “Contralco instructions”
Drager manual: “Dräger breathalyzer training”
Oratect manual: “OratectIII Training”
Oratect PPT presentation: “OratectIII presentation”
Oratect Video: “BMC OractectIII”
Drug Wipe I Manual: “DrugWipeSingle Training”
Drug Wipe 5 Manual: “DrugWipe5 Training”
During the action:
The role of the volunteers during the event is really important. They have to be dressed in uniform (T-shirts) in order to be easily recognized by the clubbers. They have to be dynamic, smiling and open to dialogue, as well as being proactive and being able to talk easily with youngsters.
The dialogue between youngsters is the major asset of the ENWA. The use of a common language and the friendliness of the exchanges enable the message to be deeper conveyed and is surely more persuasive. We do neither use a repressive or an elevating approach, nor a ‘fatherly-motherly’ tone, there are attitudes that young people refuse and do not want to understand.
|Preparation of the stand
The volunteers usually arrive in the nightclub 30 minutes before the beginning of the party in order to set up the awareness desk with decorations and all needed material.
Material: posters, flyers, presents, bracelets, breathalyzers, mouthpieces, drug tests, Excel sheets for statistics and all needed material to fix the posters or other decorations.
The more attractive the stand, the most youngsters you will attract.
Welcoming the night clubbers, explaining the campaign
The volunteers do not have to hesitate to leave the stand (except one who must keep an eye on the material) and go directly in the queue line or at the entrance of the club to talk with youngsters waiting to come in. They just need to have the ENWA bracelets in their hands (without forgetting to count the amount of bracelets distributed).
Giving the recognizable bracelets to the drivers
Each volunteer should have a little packet of bracelets in his hand in order to be ready to place the bracelets on the wrist of the young drivers. They count the number of bracelets distributed to boys and girls. This step is important for the results of the event (Please see chapter “Report after the event”).
Doing breathalyzer tests
When the drivers leave the nightclub, you will propose them to undergo a breathalyzer test to see if they have respected their promise to remain sober. Please note that it is important not to test people who just finished their glass. Wait for at least 15 minutes after their last alcoholic drink before the measurement is performed; it avoids the possibility of residual alcohol in the mouth, which may influence the final result. In doubt, if possible, perform two tests at intervals of 15 minutes. Rinsing the mouth with water or non-alcoholic drinks do not reduce this waiting period.
Attention: in order to have correct result, (how many people who participated did respect their commitment?) you should only include youngsters who accepted to wear a bracelet in the statistics of the event.
If the participant is over the legal limit at the end of the night, you will try to find solutions or alternatives in order for them to go back home safely. You can test one of his/her friends to see if he/she is still sober and give him the keys; you can also propose to the youngster to take a taxi or other public transports. Hence it is recommended to have a list of taxi companies, bus, tram or metro,…
You can also tell the reveller to drink water, eat and come back one hour later to see if he/she is under the limit. Do not advise to drink coffee; it will prolong the effects of alcohol.
Doing drug tests
On a voluntary basis, some clubbers will also be asked to undergo a drug test. Since long, we have seen young driver’s capabilities while driving can be reduced by alcohol. But these capabilities can also be altered by tiredness, medication and drugs…
Young people sometimes take drugs while going out. They usually think it is no danger in comparison with alcohol, which is completely false. Often, they even don’t know the effects and the consequences of an impaired driving under the influence of drugs.
If no measure is taken urgently, the prevalence of drugs in road accidents may become as important as alcohol or even worse. We have to intervene, to change young people’s mentality, remember them that they might lose reflexes, time reaction, movement coordination, clear vision… all the effects of driving under the influence of drugs.
We have to break the taboos! Young people talk about it easily. It is there, in front of us, we cannot close our eyes anymore. We do not want to be repressive, we just want to help them and their friends to drive back home safely. Because life is too precious!!!
It is a symbolic action, to show to youngsters that drug tests exist and to talk with them about the topic. It is not the purpose to do many tests during the night but create dialogues and change the mentality of youngsters.
Taking notes of the results with the Excel sheet.
It is really important to count the amount of bracelets distributed and the results of the tests, divided by men and women.
Please, only take the results from people who have decided to participate by wearing the bracelet. If others want to blow in the breathalyzers, it is possible but you do not have to count them on the Excel sheet; otherwise you will measure the wrong parameters and the results will be false and you will have too many positive results.
Taking pictures: It is important to shoot the whole process of the event
It is very important to take good pictures of the event because they will be the evidence of the event. Please take pictures of youngsters participating in the event at all stages: when volunteers are welcoming clubbers, when they put the bracelets, when they blow into the breathalyzers, while they are doing the drug tests, when they receive the presents,…
The positive attitude
Always keep a positive attitude without judgment and listen to them carefully too. Communication is more effective through listening!
How can you do that ?
Listen with attention the youngster without interrupting him and remember a maximum of what he is telling you.
While the youngster talks, you have to show through non-verbal language that you are listening carefully and involved into it (nodding in agreement, saying yes, yes,…)
Repeat with other words what he told you to be sure to have well understand; “If I have well understood, you have been drinking too much and you want to know your level of alcohol?”
Give a clear and simple answer.
If the youngster is aggressive, do not answer on the same tone, but repeat his request with a touch of humour “you think that doing prevention on alcohol is not useful…but look, it’s been 10 minutes we’re talking and it makes already ten minutes that you’re not drinking alcohol.