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TalkBanStop secures funding extension from GambleAware

| By Robert Fletcher
TalkBanStop, the partnership between GamCare, Gamban and Gamstop, has secured a three-year funding extension from GambleAware.
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The arrangement will allow TalkBanStop to continue providing free tools and support for people struggling with their gambling behaviour.

Launched in late 2020, TalkBanStop brings together free tools and support from the three responsible gambling organisations. This includes access to GamCare’s advisers, free access to Gamban blocking software via the National Gambling Helpline and signposting to the Gamstop self-exclusion scheme. 

The renewed funding means TalkBanStop will be able to continue providing free blocking software licences from Gamban. In addition, TalkBanStop will maintain its messaging on the benefits all three layers of support offer to users.

To date, TalkBanStop said it has helped contribute to over 12,000 people installing blocking software from Gamban for free.  

Reducing gambling harm

“We’re delighted to secure long-term, sustainable funding for the TalkBanStop partnership and to continue delivering towards our shared aspiration of reducing gambling-related harms,” GamCare chief executive Anna Hemmings said.

“Since we started the partnership there has been great value in combining our expertise as organisations and we look forward to collaborating even closer in the years ahead. 

“What we’ve seen over the past few years is that people are giving themselves the best possible chance to stop gambling when they use all three steps of TalkBanStop, which is why it’s so vital there is no pause in the free availability of these tools and support.”

GambleAware’s chief commission officer, Anna Hargrave, added: “Enabling people to access help to reduce or stop their gambling is essential. As commissioners of the National Gambling Support Network, we understand the importance of making sure people have access to the tools, help and support they need. 

“This is why we’re delighted to announce our continued funding of TalkBanStop and its providers as they continue to do this. 

“Since its launch, the TalkBanStop partnership has provided vital support to thousands of people experiencing gambling harms, with its layered approach offering a range of tools to help tackle the often complex needs of those who need help most.” 

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