Schools targeted with new anti-problem gambling grants

Schools targeted with new anti-problem gambling grants

Thursday, November 19, 2015 Totally Gaming
Marc Etches believes the schemes can make a "sustainable national impact"

The Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT) is to provide £580,000 (€827,000/$884,000) to projects that it hopes can “reduce demonstrably the impact of gambling-related harm”.

The charity has awarded grants to five advice and education initiatives - including one that targets secondary schools - over the next two years, with a particular focus on vulnerable groups such as young people and the homeless.

The RGT, which is funded by donations from the gambling industry, said it hopes the programmes can play a role in delivering an effective response to gambling-related harm.

“RGT is keen to promote an integrated and holistic prevention and treatment landscape for those suffering gambling-related harm in Great Britain,” said Marc Etches, chief executive of the RGT. "We are committed to funding effective harm minimisation programmes and are delighted to be funding these innovative and practical proposals which have the potential for sustainable national impact.”

The projects include initiatives in secondary schools, an advice programme for homeless people and a Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) scheme that will raise awareness of gambling-related harm. The Professional Players’ Federation, which includes the bodies that represent footballers, cricketers and jockeys, will lead a programme of education for sports men and women to raise awareness of gambling-related harm, with its member associations partially funding this work.

An RGT statement added: “This latest round of funding will build on a pilot of harm minimisation programmes run by organisations in England, Scotland and Wales which concluded in March 2015. RGT is also planning to deliver projects which address gambling-related harm within both the military and the criminal justice system, and will be announcing further Invitations to Tender for such projects in 2016.”

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