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Community Action: Gambling Harm Awareness Week (GHAW)

The Salvation Army Oasis supports community-led approaches to gambling harm. We aim to help communities build connections and create opportunities to have fun in ways that aren’t harmful to whānau.

Gambling Harm Awareness Week (GHAW) is a national campaign to increase public awareness of gambling harm. During the week, gambling harm services, health and welfare organisations, and communities come together to host events across Aotearoa (in person and online) to prevent and reduce gambling harm to keep our communities well.  

Mr G’s hikoi is a powerful Māori lived experience journey from gambling harm to hauora. Gambling harm is a significant health issue in New Zealand, potentially causing adverse impacts on the well-being of individuals, whānau, and communities. Check out Mr G’s hikoi now.

The Salvation Army Oasis and other specialist services are available across Aotearoa to support anyone affected by gambling harm, including family and whanau in their own right.

(Read more details about 2023 and our Giveaway.)

GHAW is an opportunity to reflect on our own gambling behaviour and that of our friends, whānau and community. During the week, we encourage everyone to step back from gambling and focus on whānau. Evidence shows that spending time with a loved one and sharing rewarding activities together (like going for walks or sharing kai) can effectively distract people from thinking about gambling, in turn reducing gambling harm.

Gambling Harm Awareness Week is an opportunity for other health and social service agencies and community groups to collaborate on fun events or initiatives together with gambling services. Oasis warmly welcomes anyone who wishes to take part or share their ideas for a great initiative that we could support.

Contact us today to register your interest, share your ideas or get more information on how you can participate in GHAW this September.