The Glasgow Whole-City Approach to Challenging Gambling Harms, The work here will be scaled up to inform work across Scotland.
Scotland Reducing Gambling Harm, a programme of the Scottish Alliance for Health and Social Care.
COPE Scotland, mental health and social support, and a key organisation working with others to reduce gambling harms.
GAMTALK is a remarkable example of what one person can do. Having recovered from addiction and homelessness, Paul Pettigrew still in his early 20s started his work with football clubs, universities and other youth settings.
Scottish Gambling Education Hub from FastForward which uses interactive approaches for young people to explore gambling harms.
CHEX (Community Health Exchange) Supporting community-led challenges to health inequalities, sharing best pratcies and networking.
Health Issues in the Community (managed by CHEX) is a course that helps people understand what affects their health and the health of their communities. Run by tutors across Scotland, HIIC supports people of all ages (youth pack available) to develop the skills and knowledge to address health issues using community development approaches. Through the course participants gain a broad understanding of the social model of health, health inequalities, power & participation and community development approaches in health – and how they can use these to make change happen in their communities.
The Scottish Recovery Consortium We are greatly looking forward to working with the Consortium as they develop work around gambling to add to their record of substance harms work driven by people with ived experience.
Citizens Advice Scotland:
The CAB has trained their staff about gambling harms.
See Citizens Advice Scotland’s updated blog (September 2022); Speak to a Citizens Advice Bureau if you are affected by gambling harms | Citizens Advice Scotland (cas.org.uk)
Glasgow Council on alcohol:
Trust Me Film:
Trust Me Film | Highlighting gambling awareness to young people
Fast Forward film exploring the impact of gambling and other risk-taking behaviours. (This developed from a theatre piece toured throughout Scotland ).
Public Health Scotland has a gambling harms prevention programme. Working with Glasgow City Council they staged the Glasgow Gambling Summit in September 2021. You can read about it and watch the main presentations here.
The Gambling Research Group at Glasgow University
For many years the Gambling Research Group has conducted research projects relating to gambling and society. We are delighted that one of its members, Professor Gerda Reith, appears in our film One Last Spin.
UK and Beyond
In Scotland and the UK here are KEY LINKS TO SUPPORT & SELF MANAGEMENT
We’d like to draw particular attention to Gambling with Lives as we understand that they are now active in Glasgow
The Gambling Health Alliance at the Royal Society for Public Health.
Gambling with Lives is a growing organisation started by bereaved parents of a son who completed suicide after gambling harms. They have recently begun a pilot project in Glasgow.
The Big Step was inspired by Gambling with Lives. It challenges the relationship between football and gambling by walking between football grounds.
You’ll find more examples of ‘grassroots’ campaigners on our Activists page.
Rethink Addiction is a great Australian organisation. There is no UK equivalent. In the UK there seems to be a reluctance to give addiction much attention or see it as a serious health problem made worse by stigma.
The Alliance for Gambling Reform, another Australian organisation, is strongly committed to shifting talk of ‘problem gamblers’ towards problem industries and regulators. They aim to tackle one of Australia’s biggest causes of inequality and hardship. The Alliance is a national advocacy organisation which works to prevent and minimize the harm from gambling. Our aim is to remove the shame that surrounds gambling addiction, have the problem treated as a public health issue, and achieve the legislative changes needed to protect our communities.
The Arts and Mental Health and Wellbeing Creative Health, The Arts for Health and Wellbeing
In addition to those already, there are many organisations that have grown from lived experience of gambling harm. You can learn about some of them here.
greo is the leading international centre for gambling harms research and learning.
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It is important that frontline workers in health and social care are also aware of some of the support resources.