Gambling charity GambleAware has announced a new initiative designed to help tackle problem gambling and reduce gambling-related harm.
The new initiative will see the organization form a partnership with Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) in a two-year £1.5 million deal. CAB is a well-known UK charity network that offers free advice and information on money or legal issues to the general public.
As part of the arrangement, GambleAware will create a training program for the debt advisers who work for CAB in nine regions in England and Wales. The main aims of the partnership will be to train CAB advisors to spot and support problem gamblers, direct those at risk towards agencies that can offer specific gambling addiction help, establishing new regional support hubs related to problem gambling and providing more training and resources for those on the front line in the fight against problem gambling, including local authority staff and healthcare workers.
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Announcing the details of the partnership, the Director of Education at GambleAware, Dr Jane Rigbye, said that it would enable public-facing staff to play a role in tackling the problem:
The debt advice workforce has an enormous role to play in supporting and reducing the likelihood of people experiencing gambling-related harms, as do many professions who come into contact with the general public on a daily basis. Encouraging and enabling staff in all public-facing settings to be aware of the possibility that the presenting problems could be related to gambling is key in helping to tackle this issue.”
The £1.5 million funding for the project will be made available following the success of a six-year pilot project run in conjunction with Newport CAB known as the Gambling Support Service.
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