The New South Wales Responsible Gambling Office has announced that four new initiatives have earned a combined sum of funding of AU$236,000 through the group’s Odds on Youth program.
Odds on Youth is a capacity building program that partners with youth organizations to reduce youth gambling harm, with the first round of the program taking place in September 2019, ahead of a second in March of this year.
The initiative involves three phases of a one-day gambling harm education workshop to improve youth workers’ awareness and skills in mitigating gambling harm, partnering with a therapy service called ‘Gambling Help,’ and providing up to $60,000 to participating youth groups to introduce their own youth prevention intervention.
The four new projects will be rolled out by youth organizations in South West Sydney that participated in the aforementioned second round of the program in a gambling harm education workshop.
Natalie Wright, NSW’s responsible gambling director’s office, says that partnering with youth groups helps the office to finance programs that include young people and their families to avoid playing harm before it happens: “Research shows that people aged 18-24 who gamble are more likely to experience gambling harm which is why we have programs like Odds on Youth, helping provide education for these communities with a focus on early intervention,” she says.
The grants have been awarded to the following organisations:
- Cumberland City Council ($60,000): Cumberland Odds on Youth – a local awareness campaign and education resource about gambling harm in the Cumberland area, co-designed with young people.
- Fairfield City Council ($60,000): Pay to Play? – a series of videos to educate young people in the Fairfield local area. The videos will be made with input from young people and will help them identify gambling harm.
- Headspace Campbelltown ($60,000): Cash Me Outside – targeting young people in the Campbelltown, Camden, Wollondilly and Wingecarribee areas, this project will include education resources, lived experience stories and capacity building for youth workers to help them identify and respond to young people at risk of gambling harm.
- Woodville Alliance ($56,000): Game Over: The Vietnamese Youth Project – the production of youth friendly and culturally appropriate short videos about gambling and gambling harm for young people from a Vietnamese background living in the Fairfield area.