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Support in Tameside
Self help
Screening
Harm Prevention

 

Context

Harm from gambling is an increasingly important health issue. In Tameside it is estimated that there are 3,500 adults who are experiencing harm from their gambling. It is impacting younger people too, with national survey’s showing 39 out of every 100 children aged 11-16 have gambled in the last year
 

Support in Tameside

If you or someone you know is experiencing harm from gambling, there is support available for both the gambler, and their friends/family. The service is open to anyone over age 16, or under 16 if accompanied by an adult.
 
Tameside council have been working with Beacon Counselling Trust in the North West to tackle the issue of gambling harm, and have recently opened a second gambling support clinic in Hyde, to complement the existing clinic. During the Covid-19 outbreak face to face appointments aren’t available, but support can be accessed over the phone or via video conferencing.
 
The services are open to gamblers themselves, or to friends and family of gamblers who may be affected by gambling. To learn more visit http://beaconcounsellingtrust.co.uk/free-gambling-counselling/
 
If you want to stop gambling or gain better control over the amount you spend, you can self-refer by calling 0151 321 1099 or emailing gamcare@beaconcounsellingtrust.co.uk 

The NHS Northern Gambling Clinic has also started to operate in Salford. If you wish to find out more information please visit https://www.leedsandyorkpft.nhs.uk/our-services/northern-gambling-service/  or to self-refer visit:  https://www.leedsandyorkpft.nhs.uk  
 
For non-face-to-face support call the national gambling helpline 0808 8020 133 or visit https://www.gamcare.org.uk/

Self help

Screening

The attached screening forms contains questions that can help people understand if they or someone they know is experiencing harm from gambling. Anyone who score 1 or higher is encouraged to be referred to Beacon Counselling Trust.

GAMBLE AWARE SCREENING TOOL

 

Harm Prevention

There are a range of services available to help education young people and adults about the potential harms from gambling. We would encourage all those working with young people and/or in an education setting to consider using some of the available resources:

PHSE Network – The PHSE network has a range of resources including advice on how to talk about gambling with young people and lesson plans.  https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/curriculum-and-resources/resources/resources-promoting-resilience-gambling

YGAM – YGAM offer a free train-the-trainer course for people on how best to talk about gambling and social gaming with people and offers a wide range of cross curricula lesson plans that can be used in a variety of subjects to discuss the issue. https://www.ygam.org/  YGAM can also talk to groups about gambling harms in school or other settings.

Beacon Counselling Trust offer a range of outreach services, from talking to large groups about harms from gambling, to half or all day workshops for smaller groups on the issue and how to prevent harm. These services are free and can be arranged by contacting gamcare@beaconcounsellingtrust.co.uk
 

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