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  • Clayton CANVAS Summary Report

    1 July 2014 – 30 June 2015

    Clayton CANVAS is an initiative of Monash Council and is funded by

    the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation as part of a

    state-wide local prevention program.

    Prepared by Clayton CANVAS Program Officer

    Published 26 August 2015

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    Introduction Clayton CANVAS is concerned about the impacts that poker machines, online gambling and sports betting are having on the Clayton Community. This site-based pilot prevention program is contributing to preventing and reducing gambling-related harm in the Clayton community, with a particular focus on at-risk groups. Clayton CANVAS has been delivered in direct response to local and international evidence, with particular reference to:

    o Monash Council’s Impacts of Problem Gambling in the City of Monash (2013) research; and o Advice and recommendations from local Clayton CANVAS stakeholders

    Clayton CANVAS is an initiative of Monash Council and is funded by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation [VRGF] as part of its local prevention program across 15 health and community organisations throughout Victoria. Monash Council is the only local government to have been awarded a prevention grant. The first year of the Clayton CANVAS program has been delivered in partnership with Gamblers Help Eastern/EACH, Kingston City Council and the Clayton, Clayton South and Clarinda Community Leadership Group. We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the Clayton CANVAS program, including all supporting partners: .

     Gamblers Help Eastern/EACH

     Kingston City Council

     Clayton, Clayton South and Clarinda Community Leadership Group, supported by Monash Council’s Multicultural Community Development Officer and Kingston City Council’s Community Development Coordinator

     Monash University

     Manningham YMCA

     Institute of Games

     Chinese Gambling Concern Inc.

     Chinese Family Services

     Gamblers Help Southern

     Borderlands Consulting

     Link Health and Community

     Clayton RSL

    The Clayton CANVAS Full Report was submitted to the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation on Friday 31

    July 2015. For a copy of this report please contact Liz O’Loughlin, Clayton CANVAS Program Officer on

    lizo@monash.vic.gov.au or 9518 3046.

    mailto:lizo@monash.vic.gov.au

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    Background

    What are we doing? Clayton CANVAS was developed in response to Monash Council’s concerns of the impacts that poker machines, online gambling and sports betting are having on the Clayton Community. Monash Council was awarded $205,052 to deliver the Clayton CANVAS program between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015 in the Monash suburb of Clayton. Clayton CANVAS is a site-based pilot prevention program contributing to four main goals:

    Goal 1: Reducing gambling-related harm in Clayton;

    Goal 2: Building the resilience of community to gambling-related harm;

    Goal 3: Increasing community participation in alternative recreational and educational activities; and

    Goal 4: De-stigmatising problem gambling to enable help-seeking

    Clayton CANVAS is saturating the Clayton community with a range of mutually-reinforcing initiatives and activities targeting at-risk groups where they live, work, study and play including:

     People of asian backgrounds (especially young people);

     International Students;

     Older people experiencing social isolation;

     People from low socio-economic backgrounds; and

     Young males who play football and cricket

    Clayton CANVAS strives to promote supportive environments to prevent and reduce gambling-related harm amongst its diverse community. The program has attempted to engage with local short-term loan agencies, sporting clubs, and poker machine venues to address risk factors that may be associated with problem gambling.

    Why Clayton?

    In 2013 Monash Council commissioned municipal-wide research titled ‘Impacts of Problem Gambling in the City of Monash’ which identified Clayton as a hot spot for gambling-related harm in the City of Monash. Clayton has a high density of poker machines per adult population, nearly twice the Victorian average. According to the SEIFA Index Clayton is also identified as the most disadvantaged suburb in Monash. Compared to the Monash population Clayton has the:

     Largest population of young people aged 18-24 years;

     Highest number of university students;

     Highest percentage of people speaking a language other than English at home (62%);

     Highest percentage of unemployment (13%); and

     Lowest medium personal income

    Clayton CANVAS looks beyond the demographic profile and recognises the strengths and assets of the Clayton community as being vibrant, inclusive, multicultural and diverse. Clayton CANVAS has been working in partnership with local community organisations, groups and leaders, Gamblers Help services, youth services, neighbouring councils, Monash University, community health services and local businesses in the planning and delivery of this program. The Monash Mayor and Councillors have provided extensive support to the Clayton CANVAS program, along with collaborative efforts from various internal departments of Monash Council including the Monash Youth and Family Services (MYFS), Multicultural Community Development Officer Active Monash, Positive Ageing, Health Promotion, Economic Development, Aged and Community Care and Monash Gallery of Art (MGA).

    In the three years prior to the inception of the Clayton CANVAS program, Monash Council had been working in Clayton on a community-strengthening place-management project, Strengthening Clayton, Clayton South and Clarinda in partnership with Kingston City Council. This highly successful project led to the development of a Clayton, Clayton South and Clarinda Community Leadership group who are committed to providing a voice for the Clayton community. This group is supported by Monash Council’s Multicultural Development Officer and Kingston Council’s Community Development Coordinator who have been integral to facilitating the goals of the Clayton CANVAS program through the Leadership Group. In response to community advice from the Leadership Group, the Clayton CANVAS program has partnered with Kingston City Council and broadened its geographical scope beyond the suburb of Clayton, to also include Clayton South and Clarinda as part of the ‘Clayton community’.

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    What happened on the ground? September 2014 – June 2015 Planned Activity:

     Mayor-led community launch of the Clayton CANVAS program

    Targeted Initiatives:

     The Impact of Video Games on Young People Workshop for Local Youth Practitioners

     Monash Innovators program for local International Students

     Autumn Nights program for local older people who may be socially isolated

     International Students Leadership Group for local International Students & subsequent Arcadia 2K15 community event

     Short Term Loan Agencies engagement

     Poker Machine Venues engagement

     Sporting Club engagement

    Additional Activities during the implementation of the program:

     Presentation at VRGF Conference 2014

     Interactive stall at the Clayton Festival in February 2015

     Interactive stall at the Clayton Chinese Festival in April 2015

     Interactive stall at the Monash University International Student welcome event

     General Communications and Marketing of Clayton CANVAS brand and messaging

     Invited to present about Clayton CANVAS to various community groups and organisations

     Capacity building information night for Clayton CANVAS stakeholders

     Invited by VRGF to be a panel presenter at ‘International Evaluation Conference’ on Wednesday 9 September 2015 discussing the VRGF’s local prevention program

     Meetings with various agencies responding to state-wide interest in Clayton CANVAS model

     Invited by Public Health Association (PHAA) to submit article about Clayton CANVAS model

    Evaluation A variety of evaluation tools were used to measure whether the short-term outcomes of each initiative were achieved, including:

     Program logic for planning, communication and evaluation

     Audio recorded interviews (‘Vox Pops’)

     Hand-written surveys (closed and open ended questions)

     Facilitated focus group discussions

     Online surveys (closed and open ended questions)

     Photography

     Qualitative feedback from Clayton CANVAS partners and participating community

    If the program was to receive future funding, a rigorous evaluation strategy would be developed with dedicated resourcing.

    N.B. The Clayton CANVAS Program Officer did not commence in their role until 18 September 2014 therefore an extension was granted by VRGF to continue the program with existing remaining funds until 30 September 2015. At the time of writing this report, a further 2 months of funding has since been granted by VRGF allowing the program to continue until 1 December 2015.

    Council welcomes an opportunity by the Victorian Responsibl