FUNDING FOR WYNDHAM GAMBLING HARM PROJECT
The Andrews Labor Government is providing $100,000 for a project/s that will focus on preventing gambling harm in Wyndham.
Member for Werribee Tim Pallas congratulated support group ‘Stepping Out!’ on their successful proposal to look at ways of preventing gambling harm in their community.
‘Stepping Out!’ will receive the funding over two years for their project delivering training to the Wyndham professionals and volunteers responsible for planning or providing social activities for older people in the area.
This project aims to help older Australians build social connections beyond local gaming venues.
Fourteen community-based, not-for-profit organisations will receive a share of almost $2 million under the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s 2019-21 Prevention Partnerships Program.
The Prevention Partnership Program supports community organisations to test new ideas and build evidence for effective practice in the prevention of gambling harm.
The funded projects will help build social connection and resilience to prevent gambling harm, break down the stigma associated with harm and encourage people affected to seek advice and support.
The grants were announced as part of Gambling Harm Awareness Week (7–13 October) during which communities are encouraged to talk about the issue of gambling harm, share their personal experiences and support those affected as part of the theme TALK. SHARE. SUPPORT.
Around 550,000 Victorians experience harm from their own gambling each year, with up to six more affected as part of someone else’s gambling.
To participate in a conversation about gambling harm on social media, use #GamblingHarm and/or #TalkShareSupport.
For more information about the Prevention Partnerships Program and funded projects, visit responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz
“This investment in local gambling harm prevention projects will ensure communities like Werribee have support from people within their community.”
“Gambling harm is often hidden because people feel uncomfortable talking about it. I commend ‘Stepping Out!’ for tackling this through their innovative project/s.
Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas
“I want to congratulate ‘Stepping Out!’ on their commitment to preventing gambling harm in Wyndham.”