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GamCare to Host Dedicated Debt Management Chatroom

13th September 2016

GamCare are partnering with debt management specialists PayPlan to host an hour-long live chatroom for problem gamblers affected by debt on Tuesday 20th September, from 2pm- 3pm

In 2015/16, the National Gambling HelpLine, operated by GamCare, signposted to specialist services helping with debt or financial crisis more than 2,600 times.

GamCare and PayPlan are co-hosting a live chatroom to give information, advice and emotional support to anyone experiencing financial crisis, and those unsure how to manage debt accrued through gambling.

Stephen Cunningham, Frontline Services Manager at GamCare, says: “Debt and financial crisis is often a catalyst for problem gamblers to seek help and support. The impacts of debt through gambling can be far-reaching, and ignoring the problem only makes it worse. As well as beginning to understand the motivations behind harmful gambling behaviour, for instance through GamCare counselling, we believe it’s important to deal with the practical and financial issues. This chatroom is designed to help anyone dealing with debt because of a gambling problem, as well as the friends and family members supporting them. ”

Jane Clack from PayPlan, says: “We have many clients who are with us after finding themselves in financial difficulty due to gambling. Once someone seeks help with their gambling, they are in a much better position to review their finances, create a realistic budget and look at the most effective ways to tackle their debt problems. We are looking forward to offering advice through the chatroom to anyone affected by gambling and debt.”

To participate in the chatroom, register as a GamCare Forum member at here and join at 2pm on Tuesday 20th September.