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RESIDENTS URGED TO CHECK IN DURING RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING AWARENESS WEEK 2019

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week will run in NSW from 16 to 22 September, encouraging people to learn more about responsible gambling and gambling harm, with Griffith, Murrumbdigee, Leeton and Naranderra teaming up to tackle the issue. 

The week provides an important opportunity for the NSW community to understand the signs that gambling may be becoming a problem, and get some tips to check in on their own gambling, and the gambling of friends and family.

The week will be marked by events and activities across the state, including over 24 events supported by the NSW Office of Responsible Gambling.

Griffith City Council, Leeton Community Op Shop, Murrumbidgee Shire Council and Naranderra Shire Council are just 4 of the organisations who are funded by the NSW Government to raise awareness of gambling and gambling harm, and providing links to support services this Responsible Gambling Awareness Week.

Griffith City Council’s Community Development Coordinator, Peta Dummett said Responsible Gambling Awareness Week was the perfect time for people to reflect on gambling and learn more about how to gamble responsibly.

“With close to $19M being put through pubs and clubs across our region annually, Responsible Gambling Awareness Week is a great time to check in and start a conversation – don’t wait until they’re broke to fix it,” said Ms Dummett.

“I encourage each local community to come and talk to staff about how to keep gambling in check, and the support that we can offer. During each event we will be recruiting motivated volunteers to participate in SMART Recovery and BeSMART Facilitator training.”

“Facilitators will learn important skills for conducting gambling support groups for both the problem gambler and a group for those impacted by someone's gambling, including family and loved ones. If this is you please provided your details at any of these events or calling me on 6962 8100,” she added.

Events occurring include:

  • Griffith City Council will be holding an information and awareness session at Griffith City Library at 12.30pm on Wednesday 18 September 2019. A light lunch will be provided. Information and resources will be available at Griffith City library throughout the week starting 16 September.

 

  • Leeton Community Op Shop will have information available during the week at the week, and you can book in for a free luncheon and a chat on Tuesday 17 September - bookings essential on 0488 027 875.

 

  • Murrumbidgee Shire Council will be creating awareness at their annual Spring Festival on Saturday 14 September 2019 - look for the stall for helpful information and resources

 

  • Narrandera Shire Council will have information available at their Library all week.

 

“People can also visit the Responsible Gambling website which features a new interactive Check in with the Checkmates platform and game, where you can learn how to spot the warning signs and get some tips and tricks for checking in. I recommend people take a look,” she added.

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week 2019 is a NSW Government initiative. The Office of Responsible Gambling develops and implements programs and initiatives, funded by the Responsible Gambling Fund, to support responsible gambling and prevent and minimise the risk of gambling related harm in the community. For more information on Responsible Gambling Awareness Week visit responsiblegambling.nsw.gov.au

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