Responsible Gambling Trust commits funds to protection projects

19 November 2015

The Responsible Gaming Trust (RGT) has revealed that it will provide £580,000 (€830,400/$886,500) of grant funding to support five gambling-related harm minimisation projects.

Designed to offer advice and education to reduce the impact of gambling-related harm on vulnerable people, the projects will focus on individuals such as young people and the homeless.

The programme will provide funding over a two-year period and form part of the RGT’s efforts to combat gambling-related harm.

Confirmation of the funding comes after the RGT last month issued a tender for new research that will focus on gambling-related harm and how this can be monitored in the UK.

Each project has the potential to be delivered nationally and also offers local partnerships with entities such as public bodies and charitable organisations.

Two projects will develop curriculum-based materials and interventions to be used in secondary schools, while another will consider how to best screen for gambling problems and provide brief advice within homelessness services.

The Citizens Advice Bureau will deliver a programme to help raise awareness of gambling-related harm, with the Professional Player’s Federation also leading a programme of education for sports men and women to increase awareness of gambling-related harm.

RGT said this latest round of funding will build on a pilot of harm minimisation programmes run by organisations in the UK that concluded in March, with the body also planning to deliver projects to address gambling-related harm in both the military and the criminal justice system.

Marc Etches, chief executive of the RGT, said: “RGT is keen to promote an integrated and holistic prevention and treatment landscape for those suffering gambling-related harm in Great Britain.

“Underpinned by the National Gambling Helpline, an effective and integrated response to gambling-related harm includes awareness-raising and early harm prevention work, particularly among young people and other vulnerable populations, alongside the various counselling and treatment services RGT already funds.

“We are committed to funding effective harm minimisation programmes and are delighted to be funding these innovative and practical proposals which have the potential for sustainable national impact.”

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