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.
CHATTERScotland is a group of ex-gamblers who offer coaching and one to one support.
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.
UK and Beyond
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.
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