Coast Community Connections’ free counselling service Gambling Solutions Central Coast has opened a new branch at Mingara Wellness Centre, giving residents of the Wyong region greater access to free and confidential gambling support.
With locations in Woy Woy, Gosford, The Entrance and Kincumber, The Mingara Group has provided Gambling Solutions Central Coast with a room free of charge to operate this vital service from the Mingara Wellness Centre.
Chris Davidson, our Counsellor from Gambling Solutions Central Coast said that the new location has already proven successful for locals needing to access this beneficial service.
“Since opening our new office at Mingara, we have already made 26 bookings for counselling appointments. We are situated right next door to The Salvation Army Chaplain’s Office and we have already received a referral from the Chaplain doing his rounds in the club,” said Chris.
“Our location at Mingara means that we can be here for people in crisis and work with the gaming industry in times when people get into trouble. It’s great to see venues such as Mingara committed to reducing problem gambling.
“We have also been working in a facility owned by Central Coast Leagues Club in Gosford. Our experience is that we can help more people within the community by working with local gaming venues.”
Gambling Solutions Central Coast offers free counselling, support and education to anyone effected in anyway by problem gambling. The organisation has also recently hired a trained financial counsellor, to provide clients with additional vital support.
“The large majority of our clients are in financial hardship because of their compulsivity to gamble and many are facing bankruptcy. Our therapeutic counsellors help clients address the issues that cause problem gambling, but they are not qualified to deal with the financial damage that gambling causes,” continued Chris.
“When a professional can assist with structuring financial strategies and providing solutions it eases much of the stress and helps the person focus on what is needed for their long-term recovery.
“It’s also important to note that you don’t have to be the problem gambler to get our help – we work with anyone who has been impacted by problem gambling such as family members, partners and friends of problem gamblers,” he added.
Gambling Solutions Central Coast is an initiative of Coast Community Connections and assists problem gamblers and their families on the Central Coast for free and with complete confidentiality. To make an appointment call 4344 7992 or 1800 858 858.
Gambling Solutions new service is at Mingara Wellness Centre, Mingara Drive, Tumbi Umbi