The network will now be known as the National Gambling Support Network (NGSN).
The renamed service will continue to provide support and act as a resource for those who are suffering from gambling harms. However, GambleAware is also adding a number of new features, including enhanced referral routes and a focus on early intervention.
GambleAware will also implement a regional-first approach to providing treatment.
“As the country’s leading commissioner in this sector, we’re delighted to announce the new National Gambling Support Network and our increase in investment for those experiencing gambling harm,” said Anna Hargrave, chief commissioning officer at GambleAware. “The NGSN is built on strong foundations and brings together a network of excellent regional providers, who are strong agents of change working to meet people’s needs.
“By taking a regional first approach we hope to create new opportunities to work with other local services and government agencies. By broadening our reach at a local level and engaging with local authorities or the criminal justice sector, for example, it means we can further help those experiencing harm from gambling.”
Last week, GambleAware announced a £350,000 grant to support research into gambling stigmatisation.