The second annual Gamble Aware Week starts Monday 18 July and will see betting shops across the country taken over with Gamble Aware Week posters highlighting the message: “Never bet more than you can afford to lose.”
High street bookmakers have been part of our high streets for 55 years and are still the safest place to bet responsibly.
Although the number of problem gamblers has fallen in recent years, we recognise that for those individuals and families struggling with addiction, the problem is very real. Now in its second year, Gamble Aware Week is one of a series of initiatives the industry has introduced to promote responsible gambling.
The week will also see the launch of new responsible gambling messages, developed in consultation with problem gambling experts, placed prominently on gaming machine top screens, and customers will be subject to more frequent reminders about how much money or time they have spent.
Drop-in centres have been set up in Cardiff, Glasgow and Manchester to raise awareness of the free counselling and support services available around the country throughout the year.
If you want to visit one of the drop in centres you can do so in the following places:
There will also be training and briefing sessions for betting shop staff, customers and the general public on issues including:
- how to spot the early signs of somebody experiencing or at risk of experiencing problematic gambling; and
- the need to gamble responsibly in Manchester
These sessions will take place in Committee Room 4, Manchester Town Hall on 18th July 1-4 pm, and on 20th July 10am -1pm.
Customers can call the GamCare helpline at any time on 0808 8020 133 for confidential advice and support.