Four new projects have received a total of $236,000 through the NSW Office of Responsible Gambling’s Odds on Youth program.
Odds on Youth is a capacity building program which partners with youth organisations to reduce gambling harm among young people.
The program is funded by the NSW Government’s Responsible Gambling Fund.
The four new projects will be rolled out by youth organisations in South West Sydney who took part in a gambling harm education workshop in the second round of the program in March.
NSW Office of Responsible Gambling Director Natalie Wright said working with youth organisations allows the office to fund projects that engage with young people and their families to stop gambling harm before it occurs.
“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,” Ms Wright said.
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.