GambleAware commits huge sum to combat gambling harm
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GambleAware, the UK’s independent charity commissioning prevention and treatment services, has committed the sum of £2 million towards aiding the long-term recovery of people who have experienced gambling harm.
The funding is part of its Aftercare Funding Program (AFP) and is geared towards providing treatment and support services to people harmed or affected by gambling.
The program, which was first announced in June 2022, will help 10 existing and upcoming organisations continue to provide their invaluable services to the public.
The Chief Commissioning Officer at GambleAware, Anna Hargrave, said that while it is crucial for individuals to have access to support and treatment services to aid in ceasing or decreasing their gambling habits, it is equally significant to prioritise sustainable, long-term recovery.
“This is why our Aftercare Funding Program was set up to fund projects that support recovery for people to help them rebuild their lives,” Hargrave said.
There were two tiers of funding provided, with a maximum of £150,000 for smaller or recently established organisations or for those wanting to trial a methodology, and £350,000 for larger, well-established organisations seeking to expand or enhance their efforts.
Each of the organisations chosen will work to improve the mental health, wellbeing, and confidence of those suffering from gambling harm.
The UK online casino industry is one of the most developed globally, with the United Kingdom Gambling Commission regarded as one of the regulators in world gambling.
This pledge from GambleAware comes despite the Gambling Commission reporting historic lows in problem gambling recently.