Tumby Probus gambling talk

SPEAKER: Sue Olsen, pictured with Eileen Weiss, was the guest speaker at this month's Tumby Bay Probus meeting.
SPEAKER: Sue Olsen, pictured with Eileen Weiss, was the guest speaker at this month's Tumby Bay Probus meeting.

The invited speaker for the Combined Probus Club of Tumby this month was Sue Olsen.

Ms Olsen is with Uniting Country SA who provide many services in regional, rural and remote areas of SA.

Her area covers from Port Lincoln to Border Village.

Additional services from the Port Lincoln site include, free and confidential financial counselling for people suffering financial stress, family and relationships, and housing done in partnerships with West Coast Youth and Community Support.

She came to talk to us about the problems and heartache which can be caused by gambling to families.

Ms Olsen spoke about how help was available for those struggling with gambling addiction from Uniting Country SA.

If asked, they give support to those who want to get themselves back on the right path.

She said support could come in various ways, there were gaming care officers who travelled all over the state to the hotels, training staff to spot someone in need of help.

One of the best ways for someone to start overcoming their addiction, is to self bar.

The next big problem appearing now is the number of children and young adults aged between 18 and 35 who are into gaming on phones and tablets.

She said another worrying problem was sports betting which was the fastest form of gambling, could be seen and heard on television and radio, and was available at all times of the day and night.

The club thanked Ms Olsen for a very interesting and eye opening talk.