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CAFS to launch resources to help prevent harm from gambling in the workplace

CAFS will be launching a range of resources to assist local businesses in reducing harm from gambling in the workplace.  The resources are designed to help employers understand the impacts gambling can have on the workplace and provides practical tips for employers – such as establishing a workplace policy on gambling.   The resources were …

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Harm from gambling starts earlier than you think

The latest research has shown harm from gambling can start early on and be at a stage that is hard to detect. The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation has responded by releasing new information and tools to help people assess the harm that they might be facing and what action to take. There are tools to …

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Sowing seeds for better health at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days

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On March 7, 8 and 9 Gambler’s Help joined forces with other community health organisations at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days with the goal of ‘sowing seeds for better health.’ Amidst the hustle and bustle of the festival, the snake pit, the tractors, the farming services and vendors was the Moore Exhibition Centre.  Organised by the local …

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“It’s not too late for a new start.”

Portrait image of financial counselling co-ordinator, Colin Handreck, for a story about problem gambling online and in sport.

Colin Handreck, Coordinator of Financial Counselling at Child and Family Services Ballarat Inc., featured in an article in The Courier recently. In the article Colin describes some of the gambling problems he sees as a financial counsellor, especially sports betting and online gambling. He says “online is the new form of particularly insidious gambling, you …

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Gambler’s Help at Springfest

Gambler’s Help West Vic enjoyed the yearly Springfest event held at Lake Wendouree and organised by Rotary.  Our team of dedicated workers was located in the CAFS market stall.  They enjoyed the atmosphere while engaging in some fantastic conversations with people and giving out show bags.

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Responsible Gambling Awareness Week 17-22 October 2016

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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 …

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CAFS recognised for business excellence

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At the Federation Business School Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards on Thursday night CAFS won both the CGU Insurance Not-for-Profit Award and Business of the Year award. CAFS Chief Executive Officer, Allan Joy, said the awards were a credit to the staff, community and volunteers.   Link  

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CAFS to assist business with gambling policy

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Child and Family Service Ballarat Inc. (CAFS) has received funding from the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation to develop resources that promote responsible gambling in local business. CAFS will use the funding to develop resources including a multi-media presentation and tool kit designed to help employers understand the impacts gambling can have on the workplace and …

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Free Financial Counselling for Women Affected by Family Violence

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Family violence can take various forms including verbal abuse, physical abuse and financial abuse – where bills and debts are often incurred in the female partners name or where income is withheld from the female partner. In addition to financial counselling, Central Highlands Community Legal Centre can also offer legal opinion to eligible women affected …

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Looking Back: Gambling’s Not Our Game TV and Radio clip

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Rewind: In 2014 Gambler’s Help West Vic teamed up with Central Highlands Primary Care Partnerships, Sports Central and the City of Ballarat to create a clip for TV and radio to raise awareness about the risks of gambling and sport, as well as the Gambling’s Not a Game Sporting Clubs Program. The clip, presented by …

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CAFS to launch resources to help prevent harm from gambling in the workplace

CAFS will be launching a range of resources to assist local businesses in reducing harm from gambling in the workplace.  …

Harm from gambling starts earlier than you think

The latest research has shown harm from gambling can start early on and be at a stage that is hard to detect. The Victorian …

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Sowing seeds for better health at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days

On March 7, 8 and 9 Gambler’s Help joined forces with other community health organisations at the Wimmera Machinery …