This activity is aimed at working with families as a way to explore how gambling may be impacting on their lives. It provides an opportunity to identify how gambling may play a role in the everyday experiences and the potential harm experienced by family members, using the visual of a home. It works best as part of a holistic, ongoing family programme.
Whiteboard/Flip chart or cardboard box, 3 colours of post-it notes, pens
- Draw out a house on a whiteboard or flip chart, or use a cardboard box to visually represent the home.
Provide family members with post-it notes of one particular colour, which will be positioned outside the house (on the outside walls if using a box). For this section, ask participants to think about and note down:
- What are examples of gambling?
- What do you associate with gambling?
- What do other people think about gambling? How may this impact us?
Using a second colour of post-it notes, ask family members to now consider:
- Where in the home does gambling take place?
- Where do we come across gambling in everyday life?
- Where and in what ways do we hear, talk or think about gambling?
- Where are other family members during those times? What do they do?
Ask participants to add these post-it notes to the inside of the house. They can allocate different corners to different rooms, and position the post-it notes in relation to the home environment.
Now, using a third colour of post-it notes, ask all family members to think about the impact that gambling may have on them individually and on other family members. Ask them to note down:
- How might gambling impact me?
- How might it impact my loved ones now? How could it impact them in the future?
- How might it impact our finances, our family life, our relationship with each other?
- Are there any consequences to the gambling continuing now or in the future?
Add those post-it notes to the roof of the house. Facilitate a reflective conversation on what has been learned, what changes could be made and what to consider for the future.
This activity can be used on an ongoing basis to reflect on how the home environment may be impacted or change long-term. You can use this activity to address a variety of other negative and potentially harmful behaviours aside from gambling, supporting the family through a holistic and person-centred approach.