Tag Archives: Anna Hemmings

GamCare spikes in helpline calls following Paul Merson GMB interview 

GamCare has reported that its helpline registered a sudden influx in calls yesterday following Paul Merson’s interview on ITV’s Good Morning Britain (GMB) show.  The former Premier League footballer revealed his lived experience with gambling addiction and its harmful consequences on family and loved ones. Merson broke down in tears during the interview, revealing that he had relapsed on his …

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GamCare: UKGC data shows ‘online gambling is growing issue’

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has published the results of a standalone telephone study, ‘Gambling participation: activities and mode of access – July 2021’, prompting GamCare to label online gambling a ‘growing issue’ following the pandemic. Conducted in September 2020, December 2020, March 2021 and June 2021 – with data from the final collection also extending to 5 July – …

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GamCare appoints Margot Daly as lead Trustee  

GamCare has moved to restructure its Board of Trustees following the decision by Sir Ian Prosser to end his six-year tenure as Chair of the problem-gambling treatment support charity. Updating stakeholders, GamCare informed that Sir Ian will be succeeded by Margot Daly, who will lead the charity’s governance directives from June onwards. Daly has served as a GamCare advisor since …

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Karen Carney MBE fronts #TalkBanStop Euro 2020 campaign  

Ahead of the start of Euro 2020 on Friday 11 June, the safer gambling trio of GamCare, GamBan and GAMSTOP have relaunched their #TalkBanStop campaign. #TalkBanStop was originally launched at the start of the year, with the safer gambling organisations promoting their gambling-harm prevention tools and support services to the general public. The new campaign is fronted by Karen Carney …

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GamCare sets new three-year agenda to ensure all communities access to gambling treatment support

GamCare will operate under a new ‘organisational strategy’, executed over the next three years (2021-to-2024) to ensure that access to problem gambling treatment is maintained across all of the UK’s public health networks.  The charity states that its new organisational mandate will build on the success of its 2018-to-2021 strategy, which saw its organisation support over 100,000 people facing gambling-related …

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GamCare warns of ‘imminent need’ to address gambling harm among under-18s

GamCare has argued there is an ‘imminent need’ to discuss gambling-related harm among young people, with more than 7 in 10 (71.5%) calls to the National Gambling Helpline from under-18s being from those directly experiencing an issue with gambling. These calls came from young people struggling with a gambling-related issue personally, as opposed to 20% expressing concern about a friend …

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GamCare links with Samaritans in suicide-awareness partnership

National gambling support charity GamCare has partnered with suicide prevention group Samaritans, to develop a new range of awareness raising training materials for betting and gaming operators. The training tools will focus on developing awareness of gambling-related suicide and assist betting company staff with enhancing the skills and confidence needed to support at-risk customers. GamCare also emphasised that 11% of …

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GamCare revamps its Corporate Standard on operator duties

GamCare has called on industry incumbents to adopt its newly revised ‘Safer Gambling Standard’ (2021 revision) with regards to operating their social responsibility duties and corporate conduct. The problem gambling treatment support charity has revised its corporate standard to better review the policies, procedures, systems and controls of licensed UK gambling operators. GamCare’s revised requirements cover 10 critical areas, deemed …

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GamCare to expand specialised support for the Criminal Justice System

GamCare is ready to undertake a critical project in relation to improving problem gambling treatment support across the UK’s penal systems.  The Charity has secured two-years funding to scale up the delivery of its ‘Nationwide Programme’, in which it plans to expand treatment and the pathways to support, made available within the UK Criminal Justice System (CJS). GamCare has long …

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GamCare’s lived experience feedback highlights problem gambling’s ‘support gap’

GamCare, the charity operating the National Gambling Helpline, has stated that research and feedback from ‘lived experience’ must lead UK gambling’s much-needed reforms.  The charity has published the findings from a survey conducted on 343 of its ‘service users’ for the government’s ongoing review of the 2005 Gambling Act.  The survey focused on its users’ experience with licensed operators and …

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