Gambling Support Service Project
Gambling has become a significant public addiction problem in Britain since recent changes in legislation.
In Britain, 430,000 people are known to have a gambling problem, with another 2 million at risk of developing one. Reports tell us that one person can directly affect 6-10 additional people gambling, putting the number that could be affected at 2.5-4.3 million.
Citizens Advice has been commissioned by GambleAware (an independent charity tasked to fund research, education and treatment services to help reduce gambling-related harm) to deliver Gambling Support Services across Hertfordshire. Recently launched by the Bishop of St Albans, this new service delivers across the country by raising awareness of gambling-related harm (GRH) through advice sessions and signposting to specialist support. Citizens Advice Stevenage will be providing education and training to organisations with frontline workers to prevent and minimise GRH, particularly with vulnerable groups. They will attend local and national events to raise awareness of GRH and the services that are available to those affected.