The Andrews Labor Government is providing $100,000 for a project that will focus on preventing gambling harm in Bendigo.

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP congratulated Bendigo Community Health on their successful proposal to look at ways of preventing gambling harm in their community.

Bendigo Community Health will receive the funding over two years for their preventing gambling harm within refugee communities program.

The program will use a series of community consultations to develop and document an understanding of the behaviours, risks, barriers and prevalence of local refugee communities in relation to gambling-related harm. Using this information, the project staff will seek to build the capacity of the local Gambler’s Help service providers on these issues to better understand the refugee journey as well as their culture.

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 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.

“This investment in local gambling harm prevention projects will ensure communities like Bendigo have support from people within their community.”

“Gambling harm is often hidden because people feel uncomfortable talking about it. I commend Bendigo Community Health for tackling this through their innovative program.

“I want to congratulate Bendigo Community Health on their commitment to preventing gambling harm in Bendigo.”

Posted by:Maree Edwards MP