Gambling support and counselling comes to Wirral

Gambling support and counselling comes to Wirral

Gambling support and counselling comes to Wirral

First published in News Wirral Globe: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

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.

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5:53am Fri 9 May 14

littlestar84 says...

Whilst I can only applaud this, I do think we should also provide support for the underlying causes that turn people to addiction. We can't blame betting shops/ casinos/ pubs/ shops for people's various addictions.
Whilst I can only applaud this, I do think we should also provide support for the underlying causes that turn people to addiction. We can't blame betting shops/ casinos/ pubs/ shops for people's various addictions. littlestar84
  • Score: 2

9:56am Fri 9 May 14

JohnON says...

This is something that I believe national Government has got hopelessly wrong. It can't be coincidence that every reduction in gambling regulations seems to lead to an ever-increasing number of people needing counselling.

Access to internet gambling is shoved down our throats on the TV and apps for phones - never mind the betting shops; they're just the tip of the iceberg these days.

Just as the previous Government was totally misguided that "Continental-style" 24-hour licensing would lead to responsible drinking habits, these free-for-all gambling regulations have also had the opposite effect to that intended.
This is something that I believe national Government has got hopelessly wrong. It can't be coincidence that every reduction in gambling regulations seems to lead to an ever-increasing number of people needing counselling. Access to internet gambling is shoved down our throats on the TV and apps for phones - never mind the betting shops; they're just the tip of the iceberg these days. Just as the previous Government was totally misguided that "Continental-style" 24-hour licensing would lead to responsible drinking habits, these free-for-all gambling regulations have also had the opposite effect to that intended. JohnON
  • Score: 5

10:59am Fri 9 May 14

bloodtub says...

gambling is the same as all other additions but is not treated the same it stays hidden the help that a gambler need is the same as any other person addicted to something but until recent times there was very little help out there unlike others drink and drugs i glad that at last there seems to be an understanding of how lives are wrecked by gambling the last goverment change the law without a thought of were it would lead its time to change the law before another generation are lost to fixed odds betting machines internet gaming for some people gambling is a life sentence
gambling is the same as all other additions but is not treated the same it stays hidden the help that a gambler need is the same as any other person addicted to something but until recent times there was very little help out there unlike others drink and drugs i glad that at last there seems to be an understanding of how lives are wrecked by gambling the last goverment change the law without a thought of were it would lead its time to change the law before another generation are lost to fixed odds betting machines internet gaming for some people gambling is a life sentence bloodtub
  • Score: 2

1:11pm Fri 9 May 14

Joeblogg85 says...

There is a Gamblers Anonymous meeting each night somewhere in Merseyside. If you are struggling with Compulsive Gambling then have a look at the GA website and get yourself to a meeting. This addiction can have a terrible affect on the gambler and their family.
There is a Gamblers Anonymous meeting each night somewhere in Merseyside. If you are struggling with Compulsive Gambling then have a look at the GA website and get yourself to a meeting. This addiction can have a terrible affect on the gambler and their family. Joeblogg85
  • Score: 2

7:13pm Fri 9 May 14

bodser says...

littlestar84 wrote:
Whilst I can only applaud this, I do think we should also provide support for the underlying causes that turn people to addiction. We can't blame betting shops/ casinos/ pubs/ shops for people's various addictions.
The counselling will look at the root causes whatever they may be, I don't believe that beacon condemn gambling in any way.
Between this service and the existing GA meetings hopefully there will be enough support to help gamblers and their families!
[quote][p][bold]littlestar84[/bold] wrote: Whilst I can only applaud this, I do think we should also provide support for the underlying causes that turn people to addiction. We can't blame betting shops/ casinos/ pubs/ shops for people's various addictions.[/p][/quote]The counselling will look at the root causes whatever they may be, I don't believe that beacon condemn gambling in any way. Between this service and the existing GA meetings hopefully there will be enough support to help gamblers and their families! bodser
  • Score: 1

1:15pm Sat 10 May 14

Joeblogg85 says...

littlestar84 wrote:
Whilst I can only applaud this, I do think we should also provide support for the underlying causes that turn people to addiction. We can't blame betting shops/ casinos/ pubs/ shops for people's various addictions.
Totally agree with you littlestar. It doesn't help a compulsive gambler tho when every second advert on television is to encourage you to gamble.
[quote][p][bold]littlestar84[/bold] wrote: Whilst I can only applaud this, I do think we should also provide support for the underlying causes that turn people to addiction. We can't blame betting shops/ casinos/ pubs/ shops for people's various addictions.[/p][/quote]Totally agree with you littlestar. It doesn't help a compulsive gambler tho when every second advert on television is to encourage you to gamble. Joeblogg85
  • Score: 1

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