A CHARITY aimed at providing free support for those affected by gambling is to open its doors to Wirral residents.

The Beacon Counselling Trust, in partnership with GamCare, launched the service for individuals and families affected by problem gambling in Liverpool last month and although the service is offered to those living in Wirral, an official launch is due to place in the coming weeks.

Offering face-to-face problem gambling treatment, including one-to-one counselling for individuals, couples and groups, the service operates from a central hub in Liverpool.

Neil Platt, clinical lead at Beacon Counselling said: “The response since the launch in Liverpool has been overwhelming which just goes to show that there is a real need for this free service.

“The service is now being extended beyond Liverpool and we are taking referrals from across Merseyside”

The GamCare network of treatment partners provides services across Great Britain for those who need sustained help to deal with their gambling problems.

This service is free and confidential and is available to anyone affected by problem gambling.

The service has the support of a wide range of statutory and local community organisations.

Since the Launch on April 17, the service has been welcomed with open arms by service users and community support services alike in the city, with services now being rolled out in Knowsley, Sefton, Wirral, Southport and St Helens.

To find out more about the service offered by Beacon Counselling Trust visit beaconcounsellingtrust.co.uk.

Anyone wishing to use the service should contact 0151 321 1099 or the GamCare helpline on 0808 8020 133.