The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation is funding 14 partnership projects from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2019, receiving a combined total of $3.87 million, to help to prevent and reduce gambling harm in communities across Victoria.
Prevention Partnership Program projects
Incolink will prevent and reduce gambling harm among building and construction industry apprentices through tailored, face-to-face education sessions delivered at TAFEs across metropolitan and regional Victoria.
Link Health and CommunityThree Sides of the Coin will use the dramatic arts with people who have lived experience of gambling harm, as a tool for recovery, peer support, and to reduce stigma.
North East Primary Care Partnership (auspice through Banyule Community Health Service)
ReSPIN will recruit, train and support people impacted by gambling to share their lived experience and deliver community education and awareness-raising sessions to a variety of settings across metropolitan and regional Victoria.
Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS)
This project will take a strengths-based community development approach to preventing gambling harm and embed this into the existing work of the Healthy Lifestyles Team at VAHS.
Gambling: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter & Spring – BREAK IT
Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria
This project will focus on capacity building, the reduction of stigma and raising awareness of gambling harms in culturally, linguistically, and religiously diverse communities in Melbourne and regional centres in Victoria.
Horn of Africa Communities Network (HACN)
Building on the pilot project funded by the Foundation in 2016–2017, HACN will develop community-driven, culturally and linguistically appropriate initiatives to assist refugee communities in West, North and South East Melbourne, to adopt strategies that reduce their risk of gambling harm.
Gambling Harm, Prevention, and Recovery – Podcast strategy
This project will involve the production of 16 podcast episodes, based on lived experiences of gambling harm, and focused on topics related to gambling prevention, harm and recovery.
Young Leaders of the West
Based in the western suburbs of Melbourne, this project will aim to engage young men and women to lead and highlight the role they can play in preventing harm from gambling. The project will be led by IPC Health in partnership with Sons of the West (Western Bulldogs) and Brimbank City Council
‘It's not all about the money'
MDAS will work with Elders and other community members in the Mildura, Swan Hill and Kerang Aboriginal communities to co-design and implement interventions to prevent increased gambling harm in their communities.
Libraries After Dark
This project will pilot a variety of after-hours programming provided through local libraries across four council areas (Hume, Whittlesea, Darebin and Moreland), designed to provide at-risk groups with a range of social or recreational options during the evening.
Regional Football Leagues – gambling prevention project
A community football leagues will be established in Central Victoria and Gippsland, as a model of engagement that break the cycles of disadvantage and, working with Gambler’s Help regional agencies, break the pathways to high-risk behaviours, such as gambling and other co-morbidities.
Councillor champions, civic communities
This project aims to raise awareness among local government Councillors about the possible tools that councils may use in the development of their gambling policies. The project will also assist local communities to participate in VCGLR related decision making processes.
Together We Do Better
This project aims to work with CHAOS' member organisations (Neighbourhood Houses) to develop their understanding and confidence in reducing gambling harm in the community. Neighbourhood houses will then be resourced to develop locally relevant strategies to reduce risk.
No Gambling in Games
This project aims to limit access and exposure of young people to gambling in video games, through engaging prominent video game industry representatives in a series of workshops and conversations.