The Luke Adams Foundation with it’s mantra of “Respect and Responsibility” was established to eliminate violent and anti-social behaviour in the Western Australian community.
The Luke Adams Foundation operates on the premise that community violence is preventable and tackling the issue is the responsibility of the whole community. The foundation’s strategies are strongly guided by the recently released framework developed by ICCWA and North Metropolitan Public Health Unit “Towards a Future Without Violence”
Priority areas for the Luke Adams Foundation include:
- Promoting community violence as a priority issue for the community and open opportunities for community dialogue
- Educate the community about the issue and provide a forum to discuss and promote effective interventions
- Emphasise the importance of a collaborative and cross sector approach
- Education – delivery of prevention and intervention strategies to schools, community groups and sporting clubs/associations that reduce risk factors and increase protective factors
- Research – support the advancement of research where there is a lack of knowledge and understanding in relation to causal factors
- Collaboration and Partnership – achieve economies of scale and mechanisms to use resources more efficiently to produce positive outcomes at a greater scale
Community violence and anti-social behaviour touches almost everyone’s life, it does not discriminate, is widespread, harmful and in our opinion of increasing concern. However we believe the challenge of tackling the issue is not insurmountable, and that we can bring about the cultural change we seek in our society to create safer environments for our children and our children’s children.
We are determining and developing programming based on evidence of:
- population reach and or scale-ability
- cultural acceptability and or adaptability
We are aware that there are many good programs already in existence targeting the key issues and that we do not need to invent solutions – in many situations it is a case of finding, funding and scaling through partnership and collaboration.
In achieving it’s goals, development and delivery of messaging in a manner that will resonate with our youth is critical. With this in mind, the Luke Adams Foundation will leverage the attraction of the sports and arts to engage youth in a way that ensures the transfer of information.
The Luke Adams Foundation board comprises:
- Mr Andrew Sarich (Chairman)
- Mr Ken Wyatt MP
- Mr Karl O’Callaghan (WA Police Commissioner)
- Mr Darren Marshall
- Mr Simon Thomas
Chief Executive Officer