To decrease harm caused by gambling to individuals, families and communities.
NSW Aboriginal Safe Gambling Service manages Warruwi Gambling Help program. The Organisation is an Aboriginal owned service which has 100% Aboriginal staff. The Warruwi Gambling Help program consists of 6 key functions, they are:
Deliver Aboriginal Gambling Information Workshops.
Promotional activities including, advertising through local media, attending or organising community events, ie, Health, Sporting, and/or Cultural Events.
To Build meaningful relationships with people, key services and relevant stakeholders. Our focus is to engage with these local services and the local programs within the community.
TO provide a free 1800 Aboriginal phone service for support, education, referrals and information, ensuring their personal and cultural needs are met.
Facilitate further development of local community strategies and action plans.
To provide cultural support, training and direction for Gambling Counselling Services
To raise community awareness about gambling, related issues and local interventions for Aboriginal people
To provide information on local gambling related issues and how they can be addressed
To provide information to local gambling services, including community engagement, consultation and client support
To provide opportunities for Aboriginal Community members & service providers to talk about gambling issues and impacts on their families.
Encourage the discussion and acknowledgement of gambling and related problems as an important issue within the Aboriginal community
Provide information about gambling interventions and available services
Facilitate collaboration between local stakeholders in Aboriginal and mainstream settings
Facilitate cultural awareness discussions and strategies
Who We Are
Mr Ashley Gordon
Ashley is an Aboriginal Australian from the western-NSW community of Brewarrina, a descendent of the Gamilaroi (mother) and Ngemba (father).
After a successful career in rugby league with the Newcastle Knights, Ashley is actively involved in a variety of community issues with extensive experience working with Aboriginal communities throughout Australia. Ashley has vast experience in the field of problem gambling focusing on community education, program design, development and delivery for Indigenous peoples and communities.
However gambling is his passion highlighted by the appointment to the federal Ministerial Expert Advisory Group on Gambling and the Expert Advisory Group for the Australian Gambling Research centre. Previously a gambling counsellor with seven years’ experience and four years has a gambling researcher with the Centre for Gambling Education and Research at Southern Cross University at Lismore. One focus of late is analysing Aboriginal Healing Programs and their effectiveness on Aboriginal problem gamblers.
He currently manages the NSW Aboriginal Safe Gambling Services funded by the Responsible Gambling Fund, Liquor and Gaming NSW. The State-wide program targets 30 Aboriginal communities across NSW each year.
As a consultant, Ashley has a long-term objective to be involved in the ongoing development and implementation of policies and programs that improve the well-being of Aboriginal people.
Miss Bobbi Law
Bobbi a proud Worimi woman from Nelson Bay, in the Port Stephens peninsular.
Bobbi’s has grown up in a sporting family after her father was a professional surfer competing on the world surfing tour. Bobbi has played many sports including netball, dancing, surfing, touch football, rugby union and rugby league. Her mother encouraged her to play touch football where she excelled and has played for NSW U20s 2014 and 2016, and was a part of the Australian squad. Where she soon found her passion in rugby league in 2019, Bobbi has had a successful short time in rugby league where she was picked in the Sydney Roosters NRLW team and in the Indigenous Allstars.
However Bobbi’s passion has always been to learn more about her Aboriginal culture and work with community and meet new people and develop meaningful connections.
Listen to Stephen, Bernie, Thomas and Roy's stories as they describe the problems they experienced as a result of gambling.
Warruwi Gambling Support Line
If you are concerned about you or someone you love’s gambling, contact us today.