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GamCare Partners Support Gamble Aware Week

18th July 2016

During Gamble Aware Week, from 18th – 23rd July, GamCare partner agencies in Glasgow, Cardiff and Manchester will be hosting free drop-in information and advice sessions for anyone concerned about gambling.

These sessions are friendly and informal, and offer a chance for the public to explore their personal situations in a safe and relaxed atmosphere and to find out more about local and national support available.

Throughout the week, betting shops across the UK will also be taken over with posters highlighting the message ‘Never bet more than you can afford to lose’, with clear advice:

  • Set a limit and stick to it
  • Take regular breaks
  • Speak to a member of staff if you need advice.

Gamble Aware Week, coordinated by the Association of British Bookmakers, will also include the launch of new mandatory alerts for electronic gaming machines, which appear on screens after someone has spent £150 or played for 20 minutes. This compares to the £250 and 30 minute alerts previously in place.

Dirk Hansen, CEO at Gamcare, says: "Gamble Aware Week provides a unique platform to reinforce the issue of responsible gambling in major UK cities, and to raise awareness of the help and support available to anyone concerned about their gambling or that of someone close to them.”

The National Gambling HelpLine is available for information, advice and support for anyone affected by problem gambling, from 8am – Midnight, seven days a week, on Freephone 0808 8020 133 or via the NetLine.

Find a drop-in session near you:

Customer Contact Centre, Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, M60 2LA

- Monday 18th July, from 1pm – 4pm
- Tuesday 19th July, from 12am-5pm
- Wednesday 20th July, from 10am-1pm
- Thursday 21st July, from 12am-5pm
- Friday 22nd July, from 12am-5pm

RCA Trust, 8 Incle Street, Paisley, PA1 1HP

Tuesday 19th – Friday 22nd July, from 12pm – 3pm

Renfield Training and Conference Centre, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JP

Tuesday 19th – Friday 22nd July, from 12pm – 3pm

Millennium Stadium, Westgate St, Cardiff CF10 1NS

- Wednesday 20th July, from 12pm – 4pm
- Thursday 21st July, from 10am - 3pm

For more information on gambling responsibly, visit