GambleAware launches National Gambling Support Network

GambleAware has announced the launch of its newly commissioned National Gambling Support Network (NGSN).

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The NGSN will provide help to those experiencing harm from gambling by improving referral routes and ensuring that support is delivered on time.

This will be delivered by a variety of third-sector treatment providers who will offer a regional-first approach.

GambleAware has pledged to double the funding for the NGSN over the next year.

Anna Hargrave, GambleAware COO, said: “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.

“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.”

GambleAware hopes to alleviate pressure on the NHS by transforming the early intervention stage and directing people to local providers who can offer the appropriate level of care.

Hargrave continued: “By broadening our reach at a local level and engaging with local authorities or the criminal justice sector, for example, means we can further help those experiencing harm from gambling.”

The process to develop the Network was initiated by the changing circumstances of the gambling industry, with lived experiences of individuals shaping the final design.

Wayne, who has lived experiences of gambling harm, said: “Gambling harms can affect anyone.

“This is why it is so important the treatment and support services available for people are as accessible, proactive and representative as possible.

“The design of the new National Gambling Support Network means those who are experiencing gambling harm can access specialist, tailored treatment or support, dependent on their needs, quickly and efficiently, wherever they are across Great Britain.”

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