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The View from Below

Here's our presentation for the Glasgow Gambling Summit, September 2021. It's just short of 20 minutes. Watchable, we hope, if not of the best quality. A bit like us, really. Rough at the edges. There is accompanying material at VIEW FROM BELOW Supplementary...

Gambling Summit Workshop Materials

The Machine Zone Community Interest Company is just three guys working very, very hard. Unpaid, driven by belief and engaged in a struggle to place responsibility where it should be (and that's not on individuals).  We are doing a workshop at the Glasgow Gambling...

Sharks

Sharks

Most of us have been thrilled and entertained or downright terrified by Steven Spielberg's masterpiece, Jaws. John Williams' superb music is enough to make you wary of having a bath. Let's not forget the main story though. A seaside resort is heavily dependent on...

Why We Go Beyond Gambling

We regularly feature items not focused on gambling. These include other 'addictions' and harms arising from products, 'mental health', and human rights based campaigns against inequality, injustice and exploitation. Here's why. Many suffering from gambling harms may...

Slow, hard and immensely worth it.

Slow, hard and immensely worth it.

The film we are associated with, One Last Spin, has been a long time in the making. It began as an idea for a 'short'. We met with film director and producer Ross Donald, founder of Reverie Films based in Glasgow.  From day one he was enthused. From day one he made a...

Whisper It. It is … POLITICAL

Whisper It. It is … POLITICAL

(Opinion Piece by Machine Zone Director, Adrian Bailey) A highlight of the Scottish Alliance for Health ad Social Care's 2020 Annual Conference was Equality Trust co-founder Professor Richard Wilkinson's presentation. If you weren't among the lucky ones to see it,...

Our Workshop at the Glasgow Gambling Summit

Glasgow Gambling Summit Workshop facilitated by the Machine Zone Community Interest Company   The online summit takes place on 13 and 14 September 2021 The Directors of The Machine Zone CIC will facilitate a one-hour workshop which focuses upon grassroots activism,...

Our Website: a termly report

Our Website: a termly report

While the young people return to school  we’re reminded about the importance of the need for our own end of term reports. A look back and a look forward. We have to occasionally complete formal evaluations, for Companies House and funders for instance, and these are...

The Realm of the Hungry Ghosts

The Realm of the Hungry Ghosts

Many have connected with this book. Dr Gabor Maté is a psychotherapist, addiction specialist and former addict, renowned speaker and writer. In this book he shows how 'addiction' runs through society, how we are all addicts. This post describes what hungry ghosts are....

Alcohol & Gambling

Alcohol & Gambling

               We're adding a long section about the relationship between gambling and alcohol and other hard drugs. This will be quite a wordy section so we'll condense main points in future blog posts. The majority of gamblers...

Scotland Reducing Gambling Harm: the work so far

Scotland Reducing Gambling Harm: the work so far

This post is by William Griffiths who is about to take up a new post with the Scottish government. Will has led the Alliance for Health and Social Care Scotland's project, Scotland Reducing Gamblinng Harms ince its inception last year. During his leadership period the...

Lived Experience Activism

Lived Experience Activism

Not Just a Ticked Box   For many years across the health sectors there has been an explicit recognition of the importance of the voices of lived experience. There are many good reasons for this, including: 1. Only the lived experience of individuals can...

Trust Me: the film

Trust Me: the film

Trust Me: the film     Here is a great example of FastForward's work. Starting life as a play co-produced with young people the original toured schools in Scotland from the Borders to the Highlands, evolving over time to become a film. Trust Me was premiered...

Aunty Joan

Aunty Joan

Aunty Joan   If you like a short story here's a very sad one about an elderly woman and scratchcards. No happy endings alas. Best to have your hanky handy. Aunty Joan

Complex Needs Require Expertise

Complex Needs Require Expertise

Complex Needs Require ExpertiseGambling often comes with other 'fun' activities such as smoking and drinking. The strong risks that smoking and drinking may kill you or make life misery don't deter people. Even gamblers who should know a thing or two about risks don't...

Jade’s Story

Jade’s Story

Jade's Story   We're extremely grateful to Jade Vallis for sharing her experiences and opinions here. There are so many issues raised. Jade expresses so well the pains of gambling, the guilt, the shame and the deeply internalised stigma. In her experience little...

Gambling Watch Scotland is here! Our full site is now published. We hope you find it relevant and helpful. We'd love for you to follow us by email, drop us a line using the contact form, spread the word and send us your own news and articles. There is quite a bit of...

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