Bookies launch responsible gambling campaign in Inverness

Bookies launch responsible gambling campaign in Inverness

Thursday, June 22, 2017 Posted by James Walker
The community pilot could serve as a model for rest of Scotland

Earlier this week, a new community campaign – the first of its kind in Scotland – was launched in the Merkinch area of Inverness to promote responsible gambling and provide counselling support for anyone concerned about their gambling activity.

Monday’s launch of Merkinch Gamble Support Week was the result of a partnership between the Association of British Bookmakers in Scotland (ABB Scotland) and Merkinch-based charity For the Right Reasons. 

The two joined forces with bookmakers William Hill and Ladbrokes to deliver a programme of responsible gambling initiatives in the Merkinch area from June 19-23, with support from Paisley-based charity RCA Trust, specialists in providing advice, education and counselling support.
The campaign includes advice on responsible gambling in local betting shops, confidential counselling sessions in Merkinch and presentations to school pupils at nearby Inverness High School on the risks associated with problem gambling.
Discussing the new pilot scheme, ABB Scotland spokesman Donald Morrison told “Problem gambling in Scotland is low, but it is an issue we take extremely seriously. Projects like this help to raise awareness about the support networks that exist for people with problems.

“We have had tremendous logistical support for this initiative from local community groups, particularly For the Right Reasons, and I am extremely grateful for the contribution they have made.”

This is the latest responsible gambling initiative launched by ABB Scotland. In February, the organisation launched a new schools project – also delivered by RCA Trust - aimed at highlighting the risks associated with problem gambling.

Schools across the West of Scotland have taken part in the project which will continue until the end of June and resume at the start of the new school year.

Totally Gaming says: This is the first time ABB Scotland has launched a responsible gambling campaign centred on a specific community. If the pilot is deemed to have been successful, the association said it will serve as a model for future responsible gambling initiatives elsewhere in Scotland.

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