GambleAware increases funding of GamCare support project and initiatives

GambleAware increases funding of GamCare support project and initiatives

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Posted by Joseph Streeter
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The grant will see the charity get an extra £14 million over three years

Industry charity GambleAware has confirmed that it will revamp UK partner GamCare’s support structures.

Securing a new agreement, GambleAware will increase its funding of GamCare projects and initiatives by 20%, through a grant totalling £14 million over a three-year period.

The increased funding will be attributed to helping GamCare develop and maintain the following properties:

·       Sustaining the ‘National Gambling Helpline’

·       Developing a network of national talking therapies

·       Improving digital access to consumer support

·       Further enhancing the efficiency of GamCare on gambling harm treatment and intervention.

Kate Lampard, Chair of GambleAware, said: “GambleAware is pleased to make this renewed three-year commitment to GamCare. The fact that less than 2% of ‘problem gamblers’ were receiving treatment represents a significant gap in the provision of specialist services. Our goal is to close the gap between the number of those getting treatment and those who need it by increasing the range, quality and quantity of early interventions and treatment while helping people to avoid gambling problems in the first place

A key 2018 initiative for GambleAware, sees the charity seeking to enhance gambling-related harms as a public health issue.

Lampard and GambleAware governance have called for UK stakeholders to work collectively in expanding knowledge of problem-gambling and broadening UK support structures.

The charity welcomes the Department of Health recent demand of Public Health England to inform and support action on gambling-related harms.

Sir Ian Prosser, Chair of GamCare, said: “GamCare is delighted to have signed a new Grant Agreement with GambleAware. The extra money will enable us to help more people to recover from problem gambling, and to help those who are affected by the gambling of a family member or friend. We will use the Grant to develop further our range of services and to deliver a new model of care, so that individuals get help which is tailored to their needs. The assurance of a three-year agreement gives us the certainty about funding which means that we can push forward with our plans to develop and deliver an integrated treatment system, which people rightly expect.”

Totally Gaming says: This extra funding can enable GamCare to further strengthen the levels of care it provides, adding an extra layer of personalisation to its service, a factor that could be pivotal for many who are at risk of problem gambling.  

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