GambleAware is an independent charity (Charity No. England & Wales 1093910, Scotland SC049433) tasked to fund research, prevention and treatment services to help to reduce gambling harms in Great Britain.
GambleAware is a commissioning and grant-making body, not a provider of services. Guided by the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms, the charity’s strategic aim is to broaden public understanding of gambling harms as a public health issue and to advance the cause of harm prevention and to help those that do develop problems get the support that they need quickly and effectively.
GambleAware is at the forefront of commissioning a National Gambling Treatment Service, working with the NHS and others to help direct people to the right intervention. GambleAware has commissioned specialist treatment for gambling addiction at Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust since 2008 and in the summer of 2019 a second specialist clinic will open in collaboration with Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
GambleAware also commissions treatment in a residential setting via the Gordon Moody Association. And for those who need less intensive treatment, there is a national network of providers, led by GamCare. In 2018/19, 30,000 people received advice from the National Gambling Helpline (0808 820 133) and 9,000 people were treated. The National Gambling Helpline and its online equivalent, the National Gambling Netline, are open from 8am to midnight, seven days a week for self-referrals.
GambleAware also runs the website BeGambleAware.org which helps 2.7 million visitors a year, and signposts to a wide range of support services.
GambleAware is a Living Wage Employer.
Strategic Delivery Plan
GambleAware has published a Strategic Delivery Plan for 2018-20, which makes clear its strategic delivery priorities for the next two years.
GambleAware is working to double its annual expenditure to £16 million, taking into account recent settlement payments made by operators following Gambling Commission enforcement actions.
A core strategic aim is to collaborate with national partners such as Citizens’ Advice, Royal Society for Public Health and others to help maximise the effectiveness and efficiency in the services and activities we commission and fund. Evaluating the impact of its funding will inform future funding decisions.
GambleAware Strategy 2016-2021
GambleAware published its 5-year strategy in November 2016, reinforcing its commitment to help those suffering from gambling-related harms by funding research, education and treatment services.
The strategy reviews the charity’s objective to reduce gambling-related harms and treat those who suffer. GambleAware is seeking to increase its funding to £10m a year as it calls for all those who profit from gambling, not just the gambling industry, but also advertisers, lotteries and professional sports clubs, to contribute to research, education and treatment services. Following the appointment of Kate Lampard CBE as chair of trustees, the strategy demonstrates how the charity will act as an independent voice in a controversial field and provide sufficient help and support to those who need it.
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