The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation partners with community organisations and other areas of government on coordinated initiatives to prevent and reduce gambling harm. Many of these ongoing collaborations started as pilot projects.
Click on the below links to learn more about the projects. For further information please contact the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Banyule Community Health
The ‘ReSPIN’ program recruits, trains and supports volunteer community educators to share their personal experiences of gambling harm and recovery with community and professional audiences across Victoria. The speakers have experienced gambling harm either because of their own or someone else’s gambling. The program aims to raise awareness of gambling harm, decrease stigma and encourage people to seek support. This program has been delivered in partnership with the Foundation since 2014.
Young Leaders of the West
The Young Leaders of the West program aims to raise awareness and reduce stigma in relation to gambling harm among young people in Melbourne’s west. In partnership with Brimbank City Council and the Western Bulldogs Football Club, IPC Health engages young ambassadors to co-design and deliver workshops and pilot programs within sporting and other community groups. This program has been delivered in partnership with the Foundation since 2017.
Merri-bek City Council
Libraries after Dark
The ‘Libraries after Dark’ program offers a variety of after-hours activities at several local libraries across metropolitan and regional Victoria. Led by Merri-bek City Council, the program provides community members with social and recreational opportunities during the evening as an alternative to attending gambling venues. This program has been delivered in partnership with the Foundation since 2017.
Self help addiction resource centre (SHARC)
Three Sides of the Coin
The ‘Three Sides of the Coin’ program uses storytelling as a method of recovery, peer support and community education. Participants – people harmed by their own or someone else’s gambling – attend workshops and develop their combined stories into theatre. Their performances are shared with community and professional audiences. This program has been delivered in partnership with the Foundation since 2014.
The Australian Vietnamese Women’s Association
The Activators of Change Project is designed to reduce the vulnerability to gambling harm for women from Vietnamese communities by improving their social participation, engagement, and connections.
Victorian Local Governance Association
Building Council and Community Capacity
The ‘Building Council and Community Capacity’ program builds councillor and council officer knowledge and skills in developing and implementing actions to reduce gambling harm. The program also assists local communities to participate in decision-making processes at the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation regarding electronic gaming machine (pokies) placement. This program has been delivered in partnership with the Foundation since 2017.