GamCare is launching a new Money Guidance Service throughout the East Midlands and Leeds, in a campaign to offer financial advice to players who might be experiencing money problems due to gambling harm. It is open to anyone in the East Midlands and Leeds who might need it.
The Money Guidance Service can be accessed via GamCare’s 24hr national gambling helpline and offers free one-to-one support.
Nicola O’Neill, service manager, East Midlands at GamCare, said: “With one in seven people who called the National Gambling Helpline last year doing so due to someone else’s gambling, it’s important that there are services available to support others who are affected.
“Understanding the financial implications of someone else’s gambling is vital to helping these people in their longer-term recovery. We hope the Money Guidance Service is a way to help people who have been negatively impacted by someone else’s gambling, not just the gambler themselves and help improve their situation.”
Bryn Mostyn, team leader at the Leeds Community Gambling Service, said: “With a cost-of-living crisis impacting households across the Leeds region – especially off the back of a World Cup, a challenging Christmas period and almost five weeks since payday – we know many people may turn to gambling and end up in a worse situation. This new service will work with those whose finances have been negatively impacted by gambling, sharing day-to-day guidance they can put in place to help them get back on the right path.”