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
Increase the awareness of gambling and harm caused to community, families and individuals.
Build relationships and work with local services plus identify Aboriginal Safe Gambling Ambassadors in each community.
To provide a free 1800 phone service for support, education, referrals and information
Facilitate the development of local Community Strategies and Community Grants program
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.
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.