By Simon Wright Jun 30, 2022
The responsible gambling charity GambleAware have today announced that they have launched two major funding programmes totalling £3m, which will help enable people to continue their recovery from gambling related harm.
Announcing the Aftercare Funding Programme and the Community Resilience Fund, GambleAware’s Chief Commissioning Officer 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.”
The Aftercare Funding Programme which will benefit from a £2m cash injection, will support projects that provide support services to individuals who are recovering from gambling related harms. Owen Baily, a Lived Experience Consultant said of the programme: “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.
“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.”
While the Community Resilience Fund will with their £1m investment from GambleAware, seek to provide short term funding for organisations to help deal with the current ongoing cost of living crisis.