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National Conference Addresses Problem Gambling in the Workplace

28th October 2016

GamCare is joining forces with he Union of Construction Allied Trades & Technicians (UCATT) and Beacon Counselling Trust to deliver a national conference focussed on addressing problem gambling in the workplace.

The event at Manchester Town Hall on Friday 11th November will explore the impacts of problematic gambling in the workplace, such as debt, engagement with the criminal justice system or the effects on quality of work and family life. The conference will also raise awareness of national support and treatment available for those affected by problem gambling and will stress the importance of education and training to support both employers and individuals.

Dirk Hansen, CEO at GamCare, says: “This conference will examine how we can strengthen support within the workplace. Working with employers, union representatives and occupational health teams, we aim to emphasise the impacts that problematic gambling can have on individuals, businesses and the wider community, and what we can do to minimise these effects.”

Steve Craig, National Officer for Strategy, Education and Organisation at UCATT, says: “Problem gamblers often prioritise gambling above their work, regularly resulting in dismissal. We need to engage with this issue with the same energy, commitment, support and awareness that we have given to drugs and alcohol addictions. This first conference will go a long way to moving this problem up the agenda and will emphasise the role of unions in supporting employers and employees around health and wellbeing.”

Neil Platt, Clinical Director at Beacon Counselling Trust, says: “We are keen to emphasise the role that learning and education has in supporting people and, if not addressed, the impact gambling can have on health and wellbeing. The day is set to be an informative and innovative event with practical outcomes and next steps.”

Addressing Problem Gambling in the Workplace will run 10am – 4pm on Friday 11th November, at Manchester Town Hall. To register interest in attending please email [email protected]