GambleAware Invests £3 Million in Aftercare and Community Resilience Programs
GambleAware is one of the leading non-profit organizations in the UK gambling markets. The organization recently launched two programs to help punters to sustain themselves from gambling harm and to help those affected by the ongoing cost of living crisis. This program was launched in compliance with the organization’s grant directives for 2022 to support vulnerable communities.
Moreover, the charity group has pumped £2 million into Aftercare Program to help players struggling with longer-term recovery and the less privileged communities. Also, GambleAware is seeking local projects to support and ensure the success of the Aftercare program development and community engagement. Also, participants will be able to apply for grants of between £150,000 to £350,000.
While commenting on the programs during the launch, Owen Baily, a Lived Experience Consultant, said:
“The launch of GambleAware’s Aftercare Funding Programme is a much-needed and welcome investment and will play a crucial role in the prevention of further gambling harm by funding a range of projects.”
He added that enabling people to build on their recovery capital is a key ingredient in ensuring people have the best chance to achieve and sustain long-term recovery from gambling harms following gambling treatment.
On top of that, there Community Resilience Fund (CRF) plans to give out £1 million in short-term funding to address the crisis of the high cost of living. New partners and charities are allowed to apply for up to £100,000 for 12 months to help support its Community Resilience Fund.
The Chief Commissioning Officer at GambleAware, Anna Hargrave, said:
“We are delighted to launch these two funding programmes, which will build capacity among charities and organisations to better respond to gambling harms in their communities and support people in long-term recovery.
“Whilst there are many people who receive successful treatment and support for gambling harms, there is less known about how to ensure recovery is sustained. The Aftercare Funding Programme will help people in this phase of longer-term recovery and responds to the need for a long-term structured aftercare programme.
“The Community Resilience Fund will help organisations to address specific needs within the community and the inequalities they experience.”
This is a strategic move by GambleAware as they explore new ways to fund projects after the break-off from NHS. With these programs, the organizations is hoping to provide solutions to the current problems related to gambling.