Link west is a body for community, neighbourhood and learning centres in Western Australia. It offers training and support to those working in small, community-managed not-for-profits.
Chief executive Jane Chilcott said there was concern about the grooming of children with gaming and non-financial gambling games through social media and other children's online games. She said there was also concern around gambling associated with particular local successful sporting teams.
“The concern about adults gambling is the rise of advertising during sporting events on the TV and how it is constantly promoted during the games, that it is possible to bet during games and how easy it is to bet using apps on mobile phones,” she said.
“Gambling is becoming normalised and the temptation to gamble is constantly dangled in front of someone watching a game.” Link west will use the grant to run a program in eight communities in WA over a one-year period.
The program is made up of three parts: mythbusting and awareness-raising, workshops, and activities in local community organisations that will directly help those with concerns.
Each of the community organisations will be helped to set up a gambling support group.
In addition, Ms Chilcott said, WA needs to watch gambling advertising very carefully.
“It may be that as a society we will have to treat it in the same way we now treat alcohol advertising and sponsorship around sporting events.”