GambleAware has announced that it has reached a new agreement with GamCare, covering the period 2018-2021, to fund the National Gambling Helpline and a national network of treatment services for adults experiencing gambling-related harms.
GambleAware has awarded GamCare a 20% increase in annual funding in the form of a grant totalling £14 million over three years. This money will fund the delivery of the National Gambling Helpline, provide a national network of talking therapies, and provide remote access help for those who prefer online support. This funding agreement will enable GamCare to continue to develop its delivery capabilities, efficiency and effectiveness of treatment across a broad range of interventions.
Kate Lampard, Chair of GambleAware, said: “GambleAware is pleased to make this renewed three-year commitment to GamCare. The fact that less than 2% of ‘problem gamblers’ were receiving treatment represents a significant gap in the provision of specialist services.
“Our goal is to close the gap between the number of those getting treatment and those who need it by increasing the range, quality and quantity of early interventions and treatment while helping people to avoid gambling problems in the first place.”
Sir Ian Prosser, Chair of GamCare, said: “GamCare is delighted to have signed a new Grant Agreement with GambleAware. The extra money will enable us to help more people to recover from problem gambling, and to help those who are affected by the gambling of a family member or friend.
“We will use the Grant to develop further our range of services and to deliver a new model of care, so that individuals get help which is tailored to their needs.
“The assurance of a three-year agreement gives us the certainty about funding which means that we can push forward with our plans to develop and deliver an integrated treatment system, which people rightly expect.”