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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

(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

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

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

               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

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

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     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   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 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   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

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

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. 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

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....

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