|Teresa Tunstall, Head of Development and Training at GamCare, has confirmed that team members will once again be on-hand throughout EAG International Expo January 22nd-24th, to discuss the charity's existing services and new initiatives. |
Now in its 15th year, GamCare is the leading provider of information, advice, support and free counselling for the prevention and treatment of problem gambling.
Teresa explains what GamCare plans to achieve at EAG International Expo: "The demand for GamCare's services continues to rise to the point where we are now answering approximately100 calls per day.
"EAG International Expo provides the perfect opportunity to discuss initiatives with the industry after our annual conference, whilst they are still fresh," revealed Teresa.
GamCare works with 17 partner organisations delivering a service accessible to 70% of the UK's population. "We now have a close working relationship with the industry and value its support which is crucial to our work. We run accreditation programs for operators which include training of front-line staff in spotting the signs of potential problems and in intervention and directing affected individuals towards help and advice. In effect, the industry becomes a front-line ambassador," explained Teresa.
Asked about the scale of problem gambling within the UK, Teresa revealed that at any one time, it is estimated that it directly affects around 450,000 people. "This may only represent 0.1 % of the adult population but we believe that for each gambler, another 10 people close to them are suffering negative effects. The education of teenagers and young people is also becoming a priority for us.
"This year we plan to launch projects for educating young people, parents and teachers and we're also pressing the case for including education about responsible gambling in the PSHE curriculum so that young people understand that gambling is a leisure activity and not a way to make money."
Teresa Tunstall and Stella Dalton of GamCare Trade Services were both originally from the gaming sector and will be well known to many EAG International visitors. Teresa and Stella will be on hand at the GamCare stand throughout the Expo to advise operators on the full range of GamCare services.