GambleAware is wholly independent and has a framework agreement with the Gambling Commission to deliver the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms within the context of arrangements based on voluntary donations from the gambling industry. Guided by a wholly independent expert board of trustees, the majority of whom work in the health sector, GambleAware has an established range of governance processes and procedures that ensures the industry has no influence over any commissioning decisions.
GambleAware regards gambling as a public health issue and thus reducing gambling harms requires a public health approach taking account all three aspects of prevention:
Guided by this public health model, we commission integrated prevention services on a national scale and in partnership with expert organisations and agencies, including the NHS, across three areas of activity:
Commissioning the National Gambling Treatment Service
Public health campaigns & practical support to local services
Commissioning research & evaluation to improve knowledge of what works in prevention
Strategic Delivery Plan 2018-20
GambleAware has published a Strategic Delivery Plan for 2018-20, which makes clear its strategic delivery priorities for the next two years.
GambleAware is working to double its annual expenditure to £16 million, taking into account recent settlement payments made by operators following Gambling Commission enforcement actions.
A core strategic aim is to collaborate with national partners such as Citizens’ Advice, Royal Society for Public Health and others to help maximise the effectiveness and efficiency in the services and activities we commission and fund. Evaluating the impact of its funding will inform future funding decisions.
GambleAware Strategy 2016-21
GambleAware published its 5-year strategy in November 2016, reinforcing its commitment to help those suffering from gambling-related harms by funding research, education and treatment services.
The strategy reviews the charity’s objective to reduce gambling-related harms and treat those who suffer. GambleAware is seeking to increase its funding to £10m a year as it calls for all those who profit from gambling, not just the gambling industry, but also advertisers, lotteries and professional sports clubs, to contribute to research, education and treatment services. Following the appointment of Kate Lampard CBE as chair of trustees, the strategy demonstrates how the charity will act as an independent voice in a controversial field and provide sufficient help and support to those who need it.
Working with Government
GambleAware works co-operatively across Government: