Social Responsibility

News on the industry’s social responsibility resources

NSW awards $1.5m grant to problem gambling projects

The New South Wales Office of Responsible Gambling has supported local initiatives that focus on problem gambling prevention and harm minimisation by awarding grants  in excess of AU$1.5 million. The ‘Local Prevention Grants Program’ has distributed the funds across 14 different projects which target a diverse population including those with a focus on Aboriginal communities, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, …

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Leon House delivers 24-hour support with AnonyMind launch

Residential gambling addiction centre Leon House has launched a new online gambling treatment platform which seeks to offer a ‘full, impartial and anonymous psychiatric assessment’ for those affected by problem gambling. The platform, AnonyMind, has been created in collaboration with Cognacity, a Harley Street specialist provider of mental health and addiction treatment, while EPIC Risk Management has provided further oversight …

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OPAP delivers on Athens children’s hospital CSR projects

OPAP has completed a major corporate social responsibility initiative after announcing the renovation of Athens’ Aghia Sofia children’s general hospital.  The modernisation of Aghia Sofia’s children’s ward was first announced as a core CSR project by OPAP in 2018, with the betting group taking full responsibility for the funding of the renovation of Athens largest paediatric unit from Athens municipal …

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GambleAware supports CNWL with prison support service

GambleAware has teamed up with Central and North West London NHS Trust (CNWL) to support those affected by problem gambling within the criminal justice system. The industry charity has provided CNWL with three years of funding worth £1.03m, to extend the work of the CNWL National Problem Gambling Clinic into prisons. Marc Etches, Chief Executive of GambleAware, said: “The new …

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GVC report reveals increase in charitable contributions

GVC Holdings has revealed that it has increased its ‘cash and in-kind contributions towards responsible gambling charities’ during 2019. Publishing its 2019-20 CSR Report, the betting group revealed that cash and in-kind contributions to charities increased from £2.51 million in 2018 up to £3.61 million in 2019. The report read: “Having already doubled our investment into research, education and treatment …

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RAiG members back radical overhaul of UK gambling’s affiliate landscape

Responsible Affiliates in Gambling (RAiG) has announced that its membership body supports ‘in principle the introduction of statutory licensing or registration regime’ for affiliates operating within the UK gambling market. Support for the introduction of an affiliate-centric licensing regime follows RAiG’s internal review of existing social responsibility and responsible gambling standards related to affiliate marketing practices. It said in a …

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Parliamentary report brands Gambling Commission as ‘toothless’

The UK Gambling Commission has come in for extreme criticism from a group of MPs reporting on how gambling regulation is protecting vulnerable people. The regulator is described as ‘toothless’ and in need of a ‘radical overhaul’. In a report published this morning, the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee also branded the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport …

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ABSG report calls for ‘accelerated progress’ on statutory levy

According to the Advisory Board for Safer Gambling (ABSG) ‘Progress Report on the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms’, UK gambling must implement tighter measures relating to game design and stake reduction. The report calls for faster progress to be made on a national treatment strategy led by the NHS and the commissioning of research to measure gambling-related harms. It …

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Shadow Charity Minister praises YGAM’s ‘resilience under lockdown’

Rachael Maskell, the Shadow Minister for UK Charities, has branded the Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) as ‘a leading example of how charities have innovated’. The Labour MP for York Central praised the work of YGAM staff who continue to deliver the charity’s youth education programmes on gambling, despite also navigating the unprecedented challenges of national lockdown. Maskell, …

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Paddy Power guarantees Hector’s Arsenal tree pledge

Following back-to-back Premier League defeats against Manchester City and Brighton FC, Paddy Power has responded to Arsenal left-back Hector Bellerin’s environmental pledge. Prior to the Premier League recommencing on Wednesday 17 June, Bellerin promised his social media followers that he would personally fund the planting of 3,000 trees by reforestation charity One Tree Planted ‘for every Arsenal win’. Bellerin has …

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