We are delighted to welcome GamCare, one of our latest members to join Volition and Forum Central.
Leeds community Gambling Service (GamCare) is working in partnership with the NHS Northern Gambling Service and NECA to provide integrated support services to anyone experiencing gambling harms across Leeds and the surrounding area.
What do they do?
GamCare provide free treatment to anyone who has suffered from gambling harms (whether it is the gambler themselves or an affected other). They reach out to the business, care and third sector to offer free training around gambling harms, problem gambling, and treatment options.
Are you worried about a friend, loved one, or colleague?
If you are worried about some close to you, it’s very important to be honest with them about how you feel. Speak to them in a non-judgemental way and try to be empathetic towards their situation. Offer personal support and offer to support them through a referral to Leeds Community Gambling Service. If you feel personally affected by the gambling of someone close to you, you can access GamCare support too. Please contact them for more advice.
Gambling Harms can affect anyone at any time, sometimes without realising it. It’s so important that we reach people before early before they reach crisis point. COVID-19 and the lockdown have affected everybody, but with people being on furlough, not working, and not going into the community there has been a rise in online gambling. We expect the number of referrals to continue to rise.
GamCare accept referrals from anyone, whether it is the individual self-referring or someone close to the individual or affected other.