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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...

Martin: the Interview

Martin: the Interview

We're very happy to have received today the completed interview with Martin which will be at the heart of the Gambling Watch Scotland website. This is a very brave and absorbing testimony from a man who has committed to bring a message to people, to share with those...

Addiction and Society

Addiction and Society

Mural on the Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery (Spring 2002). Photo by Peter Rima Addiction and Society     The worldwide misery caused by addiction is immense, striking millions of people. Not only the ‘addict’ but those close to them are devestated. In...

Vicious Games: Capitalism and Gambling

Vicious Games: Capitalism and Gambling

Vicious Games: Capitalism and Gambling. A Review     Wide-ranging and precisely researched. Professor Cassidy’s fieldwork as an anthropologist provides a fascinating insight into the actuality of the gambling industry in opposition to surface statistics and...

Discovery

Discovery

We had a great time with Martin being interviewed for the main film on Gambling Watch Scotland. Location filming next week and you'll be able to see the movie in March. Brilliant, highly skilled and very friendly crew, Jamie on cameras, and Luke on sound recording....

Oh Yes It Is! Oh No It Isn’t!

Oh Yes It Is! Oh No It Isn’t!

You're wrong. We're right.   Like it or not we are all designed to think in stark opposites. Black or white, right or wrong, good or bad, this or that. Humans are like other animals. Making an instant judgment is a basic survival method. Introduce your cat to the...

Addiction by Design

Addiction by Design

Natasha Dow Schüll is an academic who spent 15 years investigating gambling machines and their users in Las Vegas. She considered the design of the machines, how they work, addiction, the users’ stories, the environment of the casinos and more. While there are several...

CHATTER SCOTLAND

THE BIG STEP: RANGERS to CELTIC The Big Step is an organisation we'll be saying a lot about on this site. Do visit their website. They certainly walk the walk, trekking hundreds of miles every year between football grounds, campaigning to stop the relationship between...

Evidence Redux

Evidence Redux

R M Media Ltd under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license The call for evidence by the DCMS as part of the Gambling Act review is only part of wider narratives about ‘evidence’. We consider some aspects of ‘evidence’ here by referring back to a similar...

Welcome to GAMILY

Welcome to GAMILY

GAMILY is the latest organisation set up from lived experience. In this case, the focus is families and those affected by a loved one's gambling. Their website says, GAMILY is a support group set up for those affected by a loved one's gambling addiction. It is built...

Scotland Reducing Gambling Harm

Scotland Reducing Gambling Harm

In Scotland, the Scottish Health and Social Care Alliance Alliance established a special focus on gambling in Scotland. They have grown a network which firstly involves people who have suffered gambling harms, and secondly are developing a growing network of partners...

Welcome to Our Blog!

Welcome to Our Blog!

We're more than a month away from launching the full webssite but there is so much appening we thought we'd better start keeping up with the news through our blog. One of our main aims is to challenge stigma around gambling damages, and we think the best way is to...

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