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Sep

Free training available to support women effected by gambling

GamCare is a national provider of free information, advice and support for anyone affected by problem gambling.

The organisation has recently been successful in gaining funding from the Tampon Tax Fund to deliver women’s programmes across England, Scotland and Wales. The programme aims to work with a nationwide network of organisations, to raise awareness about how gambling is linked with a range of issues affecting women and girls. If you work with women, this programme is relevant to you.

Could women coming into contact with your service be affected by a gambling problem?

Are women you see affected by:

  • debt
  • relationship difficulties
  • housing issues
  • depression and anxiety
  • feelings of isolation or suicidality

If they are, there is a chance these issues could be the result of a gambling problem – whether their own or someone else’s. Trying to sort out the symptoms without looking at the root cause may mean the individual never fully recovers.

As an organisation you can take some simple steps to skill yourselves in the topic of gambling related harm. One step would be to familiarise yourself with the issue and the signs and symptoms of a problem, and to remember to ask the question about gambling where you think it might be playing a role. We can help you to get this right.

GamCare work across England, Scotland and Wales delivering free advice, support and training that can be catered to your service and flexible based on staff skills/availability.

They offer:

  • Free resources for staff and women/girls in your service affected by problem gambling
  • Free face-to-face training packages with an aim of upskilling staff around early identification, advice, signposting and referral
  • Free treatment to women affected by problem gambling
  • A single point of contact for ongoing support and advice

By working together, we can reduce gambling related harm experienced by women and increase access into our fully funded and free treatment services across a variety of locations in Great Britain.

For more information about the programme please contact Nadine Ashworth, Women’s Outreach Officer North West: Women’s Programme / nadine.ashworth@gamcare.org.uk.

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