Responsible Gambling Awareness Week 17-22 October 2016
Responsible Gambling Awareness Week ran from 17-23 October. The week is held annually to raise awareness about the importance of gambling responsibly and this year a wide range of activities took place throughout Victoria.
Gambler’s Help West Vic participated in many ways including having displays at libraries in Stawell, Ararat, Ballarat city, Wendouree, Sebastopol and Bacchus Marsh. We also had displays and information for the public at the Ballarat Aquatic Centre and Ballarat City Council offices, as well as Grampians Community Health and CAFS offices. We had displays of information at venues throughout the region. All displays focused on the key theme of this years Responsible Gambling Awareness Week – keep it in check, keep it well played.
An afternoon tea and forum was held in Ballarat where information was presented to venue managers about Responsible Gambling, Alan Joy the CEO of CAFS opened the event. During the week there was a professional development course delivered for venue staff which focused on the Responsible Gambling Code of Conduct. Members of the Gambler’s Help West Vic team were also out and about at the Ballarat Health & Wellbeing Festival.
We would like to thank everyone who participated in Responsible Gambling Awareness Week. Although the week is over Gambler’s Help West Vic will continue to offer a number of programs to assist the community and raise awareness about gambling responsibly throughout the year. The Community Educator delivers the message to schools and sports clubs, as well as attending public events, our friendly and professional Therapeutic and Financial Counsellors assist people throughout the year, and the Venue Support workers will continue to assist gaming venues to meet the requirements of their Responsible Gambling Codes of Conduct.