Citizens Advice launch Gambling Support Service training in East Midlands

Posted 20.01.2020

Funded by the national independent charity GambleAware, Citizens Advice Mid Mercia have begun to deliver Gambling Support Service training in the East Midlands. The overarching aim of the project is to minimise harmful gambling across various demographic groups and communities within the East Midlands. In order to achieve this, one practical scope to the project is providing organisations with free bespoke training to their front-line workers. Included in the training is knowledge on how to identify a harmful gambler and engage in an initial conversation,  short-term practical intervention strategies to support the person, and detailed referral pathways for long-term specialist support.

A recent study conducted by Kings College London suggests that although the overall percentage of gambling is lower in migrant groups, the levels of elevated gambling and thus severe harmful gambling is higher when compared to the general population. Therefore, gambling and various forms of betting could be more prominent in migrant groups across the board than originally anticipated, hence the need for education and further training on treatment and support.

The training can be incredibly flexible depending on your organisation’s needs (i.e. amount of time/group sizes).

For more information please contact Citizen’s Advice Mid Mercia via gstenson@citizensadvicemidmercia.org.uk  or 07841 918991.

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