Ambassadors supporting migrant communities to tackle problem gambling
The State Government has strengthened the multicultural sector’s ability to tackle gambling problems within its ranks.
Nineteen community leaders from different multicultural communities have graduated from the Community Ambassadors Program.
The ambassadors will be able to talk about problem gambling in their communities to help reduce the stigma associated with it and encourage people to use help services.
The graduates are aged from 18 to 70 years, and represent communities including India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Italy, Greece, Afghanistan, Philippines, Kurdistan, Iran, Burma and six African nations.
The Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Gambling Help Action Plan was launched last year. Funding from the Gamblers Rehabilitation Fund was used to establish the Community Ambassadors Program.
Under the program, community ambassadors will liaise with mainstream and multicultural services and their communities about holistic responses to problem gambling.
A culturally appropriate problem gambling help website You Are Not Alone has been developed as part of the program. The website has been designed especially for the CALD community, making it the first resource of its kind in Australia.
Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion, Zoe Bettison said:
While gambling can be a fun recreational activity, for some gambling can become problematic.
It is important that our multicultural communities, including recent arrivals to our state, have information and access to gambling help services.
The Community Ambassadors Program will enable people from diverse cultural and ethnic communities to feel more comfortable in addressing gambling problems in a culturally appropriate way.
The program has the potential to significantly improve the lives of those who may be experiencing difficulty with gambling, and will support them to take back control of their lives.
Congratulations to our 19 new Community Ambassadors, and thank you for the difference you will make in your communities.
Visit www.youarenotalone.org.au for further details.