GambleAware awards pilot project to increase NGTS effectiveness

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GambleAware has unveiled the outcome of a grant award process for a pilot project to extend the National Gambling Treatment Service’s provision of residential rehabilitation for gambling disorders. 

This has seen the charity commission Adferiad Recovery, who will work in partnership with Gordon Moody, to provide residential rehabilitation for adults with gambling disorder and complexities, specifically comorbid alcohol and/or substance use disorder.

The winning bid, says GambleAware, outlined the ongoing partnership between the two organisations and reflected shared values and complementary skills and expertise.

Anna Hargrave, chief commissioning officer at GambleAware, commented: “Adferiad Recovery and Gordon Moody’s proposal identified clear opportunities that can be delivered through a collaborative approach. 

“We are pleased to have awarded this grant to these two highly experienced organisations, and see it as an important step towards increasing the capacity and effectiveness of the National Gambling Treatment Service to ensure many more people get the help and support they need.”

The proposed model, GambleAware adds, would allow individuals to direct their own treatment and proceed at their own pace, in a bid to recognise that recovery is not linear. 

Service users, along with their families and loved ones, will be actively involved in the care planning process, with a view to creating a system that is person-centred, goal-orientated and strengths-based.

Though tailored to the individual, the treatment will broadly encompass medically managed detoxification, acute mental health support/rehabilitation, and residential rehabilitation.

Furthermore, engaging hard-to-reach groups is also praised as forming a central part of Adferiad Recovery and Gordon Moody’s proposal, with a focus on including underrepresented groups in treatment, reducing barriers to access, and proactively supporting GambleAware in assertive engagement initiatives with people from ethnic minority communities, women, and younger people.