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, and which asks how such work can be located within a network of other stakeholders such as public health and city councils.

Adrian Bailey will introduce the session and very briefly describe the growing field of lived experience activism, outlining as an example The Machine Zone CIC. He’ll finish by describing the website Gambling Watch Scotland.

Chris Lee stopped gambling in 2020. He’ll describe how he first became involved in activism, presenting a one-minute film of a walk between Ibrox and Parkhead stadia in Glasgow which sought to draw attention to football’s relationship with the gambling industry. He’ll briefly outline his work to set up a peer support network.

Martin Paterson will describe the film One Last Spin scheduled for a premiere in Glasgow in December 2021. The film features interviews with Martin and three others who have suffered severely from gambling harms. Each interview is complemented by drama sequences. The film also features interviews with Professor Gerda Reith from Glasgow University who is a key figure in gambling research, Ronnie Cowan MP (Inverclyde) who is Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Gambling Harms, and William Griffiths who was the lead of the Gambling Harms Reduction Programme at the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland Martin will show a short taster of the film.

We shall provide background materials and links.

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