GambleAware sets focus on collaboration in five-year strategy
| By Nosa Omoigui
Responsible gambling charity GambleAware has highlighted the the importance of forming a stronger connection with health services in its new organisational strategy.
Other key commissioning objectives of the plan include increasing access to gambling harm services, raising awareness and improving the overall diversity and effectiveness of the National Gambling Treatment Service.
GambleAware CEO Zoë Osmond said: “Following a detailed consultation, it is clear that GambleAware and other organisations need to work together to achieve a society that is safe from gambling harms.
“Thanks to greater certainty in funding, we are now able to develop and implement longer-term commissioning plans to work towards a society where fewer people experience gambling harms and ensure that those who do, receive timely and effective support.
“Over the next five years, we will work to build the accessibility and effectiveness of the National Gambling Treatment Service and ensure it is recognised as a strong coalition of treatment services and prevention activities, delivered in collaboration with the NHS and others.”
The five-year plan encompasses over 40 programmes across research, evaluation, education, and treatment, all designed to bring the problem of gambling harm into a bigger spotlight.
Some of these include training programmes for faith leaders and debt advisors, new youth education hubs and a targeted women’s prevention campaign.