Social Responsibility

GambleAware increases GamCare funds to revitalise UK support structures

Industry charity GambleAware has confirmed that it has reached a new agreement with partner GamCare, to fund the ‘National Gambling Helpline’ and further support the expansion of UK treatment services for adults experiencing gambling-related harms. Updating the market, GambleAware will increase GamCare’s annual funding by 20%, which will be attributed to a grant totalling £14 million over three years. Increasing …

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The Senet Group urges UK operators to adopt responsible gambling campaign

The Senet Group, the industry-led independent body dedicated to raising betting social responsibility standards has called on the sector to adopt a responsible gambling campaign which has demonstrated high levels of engagement with UK audiences.  The body’s “When the Fun Stops, Stop” campaign has now reached an estimated 82% of regular UK gamblers, with 33%, or an indicative 5 million adults …

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Marc Etches – UK lotteries need to up their GambleAware contributions

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Speaking to the Lotteries Council on Thursday 19 April, Marc Etches, the Chief Executive of industry charity GambleAware, has called for UK lottery stakeholders and Camelot operator of the National Lottery to increase their donations for problem gambling prevention, research and treatment. Etches comments come a few weeks following the UK’s Public Accounts Committee’s publishing of its report into the ‘Future …

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GambleAware reaches record breaking funding donations

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GambleAware’s Chief Executive Marc Etches has penned an open letter to the industry, praising the response to last year’s concerns regarding funding for problem gambling initiatives. Detailing its voluntary donation system was, at the time, 60% below its funding target, Etches states that, despite ultimately falling below its £10m objective, a record breaking £9.4m was reached. Announcing donations are being …

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Crystal Palace becomes first PL club to work with GambleAware

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Crystal Palace FC has become the first Premier League club to take part in a GambleAware initiative addressing concerns over gambling-related harm within football. The football club, one of nine Premier League clubs that are currently sponsored by gambling companies, has entered into a new partnership with the charity to produce advertisements and promotion materials to raise awareness of the …

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GambleAware appoints John McCracken as treatment lead

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Former Head of Drugs Policy at the Department of Health, John McCracken has been appointed by GambleAware as the Director of Commissioning (Treatment Services) as of 3 April 2018. The role will involve leading, developing and evaluating services within the context of a public health approach, including engagement with the NHS and with primary care and social care. Furthermore, GambleAware …

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IGRG’s 4th code places GambleAware at the forefront of TV advertising campaigns  

Seeking to improve industry advertising and promotional standards, the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG) has moved to strengthen its code for operator advertising practices. Issuing a market update, the IGRG will require that all UK licensed gambling operators reference industry charity GambleAware (begambleaware.org) across their TV advertising campaigns. IGRG governance states that it will move to implement its required …

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GambleAware calls for creative pitch for new TV marketing campaign

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Industry charity GambleAware seeks a new creative marketing agency, to lead its £7 million TV advertising account. GambleAware is currently planning its next UK marketing campaign, focusing on raising public awareness of problem gambling, targeting ‘low-level players’ who may be at risk of becoming addicts. The industry charity will run its creative marketing pitch through the Incorporated Society of British …

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The Senet Group open to creating a ‘safer gambling’ levy

Industry-independent watchdog The Senet Group has tentatively backed the potential introduction of a statutory ‘safer gambling’ levy imposed on UK gambling operators. Last week, Senet Group Chair Gillian Wilmot, issued the following statement, regarding the watchdog’s current position on developing a new industry levy designed to ‘fund gambling research, education and treatment’. “The Senet Group is committed to working in …

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Wanda Goldwag steps down as Chair of The Senet Group

Industry independent watchdog The Senet Group has today confirmed that Wanda Goldwag has departed as Group Chair. Goldwag, the first Chair of The Senet Group, which was founded in 2014 to improve industry-wide social responsibility standards in gambling advertising and operational practices, has chosen not to renew a further three-year tenure as Chair of the watchdog. Issuing an update, The …

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