GamCare Set To Receive £14m Grant from Gamble Aware
July 3, 2018
Gamble Aware has announced £14m in funding to the GamCare, who will use the funds to support problem gamblers in the UK.
The agreement spans for 3 years from 2018 to March 2021 and will help to support the existing National Gambling Helpline, therapy services, and online support services.
Gamble Aware is an independent charity designed to fund education, research, and treatment services in order to reduce gambling-related harm in Great Britain. They are heavily backed by some of the largest gambling companies who operate within the UK.
GambleAware Chair, Kate Lampard spoke about the recent announcement:
“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 by helping people to avoid gambling problems in the first place.”
The new funds are surely needed as according to Gamble Aware, there are currently over 400,000 individuals in the UK with gambling problems and another 2 million who are at risk of developing problems. Despite this, Gamble Aware claim only 2% of those who need help are getting the required support.
GamCare Has Been In Operation Since 1997
In January of 2018, GamCare appointed Anna Hemmings as the new CEO after spending five years with Lifeline. Anna replaced the interim CEO of Simon Thompson, who had served since April 2017.
As well as supporting their core service The Gambling Helpline, GamCare works with third-party providers throughout the UK such as Gordon Moody Association and CNWL National Problem Gambling Clinic to offer free, face-to-face treatment.
The news comes just weeks before the Gambling Commission gave a strong “call-to-action” to gambling firms concerning their approach to consumer welfare. The head of the Gambling Commission, Neil McArthur said not enough was being done to protect problem gamblers.
In talks with the BBC, Mr McArthur said: “Overall the companies can do a lot more to demonstrate they care about consumers and want to treat them right and keep them safe.”
The Commission works closely with organisations such as Gamble Aware and GamCare. They have encouraged gambling firms to contribute upwards of £9m towards the charitable organisation of Gamble Aware, who then distribute that money to providers such as GamCare.
It is uncertain what lies beyond 2021 for GamCare after the £14m grant was awarded earlier this month. With the increasing pressure from organisations such as the Gambling Commission and talks in parliament, it is hoped more will be done beyond the scope of this latest funding.
Author: Will H.
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