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Peer Facilitated Course

A new peer facilitated course for people experiencing gambling harm

Banyule Community Health is running a new course for people experiencing gambling harm.

The course will be presented by 2 facilitators who have experienced gambling harm and recovery and aims to help people make positive changes to their gambling behaviour. It will include education about relapse prevention, managing urges and triggers,…

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Bet Check

The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation has released a new campaign Bet Check, which encourages people to consider that “harm from gambling starts earlier than you think. So if you start to justify your behaviour, it’s a sign you should rethink how you bet.” The campaign reaches out to people experiencing gambling harm at a moderate…

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Global Peer Supporters Day

This year’s celebration will be on Thursday 20th October. Most of us will have accessed peer support at some time in our lives. It may have been formally via a support group or educational program, or informally such as an ‘over the fence’ chat with somebody who understands our concerns. The following list of possible…

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Peer Connection Client Survey

Every year the Peer Connection Program administers a client survey to get feedback about the program and increase our understanding about aspects of the service that clients find useful or helpful. The survey results from May 2016 show that the program is used generally as an adjunct to other support services, but respondents identify that…

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Peer Connection Program Half-Year Update

The Peer Connection Program is a state-wide telephone support service delivered by volunteers who have overcome a gambling problem. The information gathered for the period July to December 2015 displays the effectiveness of the volunteers who give their time to the program. There were over 500 hours contributed by volunteers during this half of the…

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Celebrating 10 Years of Peer Connection

The Peer Connection Program celebrated its 10th anniversary on June 29, at Banyule Community Health. Speakers included State Member for Ivanhoe The Hon. Anthony Carbines MP, CEO of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation Serge Sardo, and Peer Connection Volunteers Daniel and Chandana. The importance of Peer Support and the Peer Connection Program was highlighted by…

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Celebrating our volunteers

Every year we celebrate National Volunteers Week in May, and so it is a perfect time to acknowledge the dedication and service that our Peer Connection Volunteers give. Counsellors provide therapeutic interventions while volunteers are uniquely placed to truly understand the experience of gambling and overcoming the addiction. A key element of Peer Support is…

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