Monday 22 June – Sun 28 June
Problem gamblers and their families in Dundee will for the first time be able to access free drop-in clinics in the city centre.
Specialist therapists from TCA – which provides free problem gambling counselling in Dundee throughout the year, in partnership with the national charity GamCare – will be staffing the drop-in centre as part of GambleAware Week in Scotland, which runs from 22 June to 28 June. The drop-in clinic at The Wishart, 50 Constable Street in Dundee, will increase awareness about the free counselling services available locally. Anyone experiencing problems as a result of their gambling or who knows someone who needs help will be able to speak to trained counsellors for advice.
Those who need to can sign up for a course of free gambling counselling in Dundee when they visit the drop-in or find out where to access other free services if they are more appropriate to their individual needs.
William Hill, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power, Coral, Scotbet and other local independent shops in the area will be promoting the drop-in centre in betting shops, and staff will make customers aware of the specially designed service.
Eric Knox, Director of TCA which runs the GamCare counselling service in Dundee said: “As an organisation this is a service we provide free of charge to anyone who needs help.
“We are traditionally an alcohol counselling service and the link between alcohol and gambling often increases the number of times they gamble and vice versa.
“Anyone with a problem will receive free one-to-one counselling for as long as they need help.”
GambleAware week aims to promote the National Gambling Helpline and www.gambleaware.co.uk, which provides information to help people make informed decisions about their gambling, recognise when gambling may be becoming a problem, and signpost them to further help and support should they need it. It also aims to increase the number of players setting voluntary limits on gaming machines and educate customers about the tools available in betting shops to help them stay in control.
The Association of British Bookmakers are sponsoring promotion initiatives in Dundee and Glasgow and are promoting GambleAware Week throughout Scotland as part of the betting industry’s ongoing commitment to promote responsible gambling. Across the country, Britain’s leading bookmakers will transform shop windows to encourage all customers to only bet what they can afford to lose.
As part of the planned activities throughout the week, the industry has also committed to:
- Enhanced customer information in shops: A specially designed leaflet advertising GambleAware Week explains the tools available to help customers control their gambling. It will also highlight local counselling services and encourage customers to set limits.
- In-shop and online promotion: The major operators will promote the week on gantries and television screens located in shops.
Hilary Douglas, Campaigns Director ABB said: “This local project is exciting and enables us to reach out and inform customers just what there is out there locally to help those who experience a problem with their gambling.
“Many people do not realise that counselling help is available free in their area and that is an important message for us to get out.”