Australia has the highest rate of gambling in the world. Gambling also affects young people, with rates for teenagers two to three times those of adults. We speak publicly about the dangers of problem gambling and gambling promotion. And we back up our public advocacy with individualised counselling and community legal services support for people impacted by this growing problem.
HIPU program teaches prison inmates financial literacy skills
We support people from all circumstances and walk alongside them through life challenges. In 2018/19, we partnered with Corrective Services NSW to deliver a financial literacy program to prison inmates at seven NSW correctional centres.
Named ‘High Intensity Program Units’ (HIPU), 15 Wesley Mission HIPU trainers ran ‘In Charge of My Money’ program, which helps people manage their money and avoid debt. Across 33 workshops and 69 training days, 381 inmates completed the acclaimed Wesley Mission financial literacy course.
By 2020 we expect to have 1,000 inmates trained through HIPU and we’re looking towards including parenting and other reintegration programs.