GamCare is a national provider of free information, advice and support for anyone affected by problem gambling. From April 2013-2018 our National Gambling Helpline has seen an increase in women callers:
68% increase of women who are gamblers 72% increase of women who are affected others
Using GamCare and Gambling Commission data, we estimate only 1% of women who experience gambling related harm contact the National Gambling Helpline. Even taking into account the increase in calls shown above, in our experience, women are far less likely to contact our helpline than men. This is not surprising due to the perception that problem gambling is mostly a ‘male issue’.
Women are also disproportionately negatively impacted by gambling related harm from someone else’s gambling, e.g. significant safeguarding issues, harm to finances and relationships, impacts on mental health and wellbeing; despite this, they still don’t come forward.
What we can do
GamCare works across England, Scotland and Wales delivering free advice, support and training that can be catered to your service and flexible based on staff skills/availability.
We can offer:
- FREE resources for staff and women and girls in your service affected by problem gambling;
- FREE face-to-face training packages
with an aim of upskilling staff around early identification, advice, signposting and referral;
- FREE treatment to women affected by problem gambling;
- A single point of contact for ongoing support and advice.
By working together, we can reduce gambling-related harm experienced by women and increase access into our
fully-funded and free treatment services across a variety of locations in Great Britain.
For more information about the Gamcare Women’s Programme and to book your FREE training, please contact: Suzy Hall, Women’s Outreach Officer (North East of England)
Mobile: 07397220913 E-mail: email@example.com