Do you currently run bingo in your club? Would you like to ‘upgrade’ to a Bingo/Housie session to attract more valuable patrons through your doors? Or is Housie an activity you’ve heard is a great low-cost addition to your weekly events schedule, but you don’t know how to implement it?
For those not in the know, Charity Housie is a form of bingo, a community game played for social purposes in clubs. It’s played with electronic or printed tickets bearing numbered squares, very similar to bingo, however in Housie prizes can be cash, as opposed to the non-cash offerings at a bingo session. In NSW, Charity Housie is highly regulated and must be run by a registered charity.
Learning Links is a long-standing and highly regarded Australian not-for-profit and charity dedicated to helping children who experience difficulties with learning. Learning Links is also the largest provider of Charity Housie in NSW with over 80 sessions running every week. Their sessions currently run throughout metropolitan Sydney, the Central Coast, the Illawarra and Wagga Wagga.
Learning Links are keen to expand their Housie operations into more clubs throughout Sydney as well as regional areas and it’s a great activity to consider for your club. Their trained Session Supervisors take all the work and stress out of running the sessions and look after everything for you. The charity has a specialised Housie team and structure in place to ensure their sessions are fully compliant and professionally run. They have detailed marketing strategies to support each session, including a brand new website launched this month and a dedicated Facebook page. Regular business reviews also help you stay on top of how sessions are growing and if any changes are needed to the games or prizes to ensure maximum results.
Learning Links has been providing support for children with learning difficulties and their families for almost 50 years. They work with children, their families and schools, offering tailored support programs and services to improve children’s learning, wellbeing and participation to help them reach their full potential. They provide many of their services and programs at little or no cost to schools and the children who need them, especially in areas with high levels of social disadvantage. They engage funding partners for this purpose and also raise funds through Charity Housie.
The organisation now helps close to 4000 children, works in partnership with over 300 schools and communities, and provides professional development opportunities for over 600 teachers and educators each year. Introducing Charity Housie to your club will not only promise an increase in patronage, but help Learning Links to continue to support the many children and families who need their help.