UK Charity to Launch New Gambling Harms Awareness Program
GambleAware, the British problem gambling charity, has announced that it is launching a new £3 million training program to help increase awareness of gambling harms.
The new ‘Gambling Harms Awareness and Support’ initiative will target professionals and community leaders who are involved in eight sectors: debt advisors, faith leaders, primary care, social care, occupational health, criminal justice settings, housing, and homelessness services, and community pharmacies.
The charity believes that many working in these sectors may be lacking in the awareness, knowledge, and skills required to identify gambling harms or to provide support, yet they are often approached by members of the public seeking help.
The hope is that the new program will enable such people to provide guidance and support and that way reduce problem gambling in the community. The charity is set to invest £3 million in the program over three years, and it will run in conjunction with the charity’s other training and education resources.
In a statement, Gamble Aware explained, “Upskilling professionals and community leaders through the new training program will also contribute to expanding the National Gambling Treatment Service provision and promoting a whole-system, community-based approach.”
To help get the program off the ground, GambleAware has launched an invitation tender for qualified organizations to create and deliver the training and resources in collaboration with the existing GambleAware networks. The program is set to be run across England, Scotland Wales. The winner of the tender will work with new and existing providers of training on gambling harms awareness and intervention.
The new program was announced just a few days after the charity announced plans to create a network of Gambling Education Hubs across England and Wales at the cost of approximately £2.5 million. Last month the charity said that it is to commit £4 million to the UK’s first academic research hub specializing in gambling harms research.