GamCare boosts problem gambling services outside Britain

| By Richard Mulligan
GamCare has launched its new trained associate model that seeks to assist those with gambling problems outside of Great Britain.

The charity, which runs 161 treatment locations across England, Scotland and Wales, said its trained associate model enables organisations not registered in Great Britain to receive training in line with its ‘Model of Care’ – a clinical framework for treatment provision – and provide them with many of the tools they need to begin offering support themselves. 

Substance misuse charity Motiv8, an organisation that provides a range of support services across the Isle of Man, is the first recipient of the model. The charity, formerly the Isle of Man Alcohol Advisory Service, will now be able to deliver clinical support for gambling as part of their offering, helping minimise gambling harms across the island.

Thea Ozenturk, chief executive at Motiv8, said: “We are delighted to move to this new relationship with GamCare as it keeps Motiv8’s team at the forefront of delivering best practice interventions in the treatment of gambling disorder for the benefit of locally affected individuals and their families.”

GamCare said the model is open to applications from organisations that already provide some form of social support, such as counselling, mental health or substance misuse teams, in non-GB jurisdictions.

“The package is aimed to help these teams develop their services to provide support for gambling for anyone who needs it,” the charity said.

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