GambleAware (an independent charity tasked to fund research, education and treatment services to help minimise gambling-related harm in Great Britain) has published a press release (that can be downloaded below) announcing that a new agreement has been reached with GamCare (the leading UK provider of information, advice, support and free treatment for anyone affected by problem gambling), in the form of a grant totalling £14million over the period 2018-2021.
Representing a 20% increase in annual funding of GamCare, this grant will be used to fund the National Gambling Helpline and a national network of treatment services for adults experiencing gambling-related harms.
Commenting on the new grant:
- Kate Lampard, Chair of GambleAware, has 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.”
- Sir Ian Prosser, Chair of GamCare, has 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.”