GambleAware* is the leading charity in the UK committed to minimising gambling-related harm. As an independent national charity funded by donations from the gambling industry, GambleAware funds education, prevention and treatment services and commissions research to broaden public understanding of gambling-related harm as a public health issue. The aim is to stop people getting into problems with their gambling, and ensure that those that do develop problems receive fast and effective treatment and support.

GambleAware requires a minimum of £10 million annually to deliver its current responsibilities, and looks to all those who profit from commercial gambling to support the charity. This donation-based system was proposed under the Gambling Act 2005 and is prescribed by the Gambling Commission in its Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice.

Funding priorities are guided by the national strategy advised by the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) and endorsed by the Gambling Commission. The latest strategy was published in April 2016. GambleAware develops its commissioning plans in collaboration with the RGSB and the Gambling Commission. These arrangements are underpinned by an 'assurance and governance framework' agreed between the three parties and rely on openness, transparency and partnership to deliver results. The framework was published in August 2012.

In developing its commissioning plans, GambleAware takes into account the need to generate widespread trust and credibility in an industry-funded body. It does this in a number of ways:

  • Appointing wholly independent trustees
  • Inviting the Government, the Gambling Commission and the RGSB to observe GambleAware board and committee meetings
  • Publishing details of how funds will be distributed each year guided by the RGSB's rolling three-year strategy as endorsed by the Gambling Commission
  • Ensuring research is commissioned via an independent research & evaluation committee in consultation with the RGSB
  • Seeking advice from external experts in collaboration with the RGSB.

As an independent national charity, GambleAware is registered with and regulated by the Charity Commission for England and Wales and has adopted its 'Hallmarks of an Effective Charity' to ensure best practice.

(*GambleAware is the operating name of the Responsible Gambling Trust, Charity No. 1093910, Registered in England No. 4384279)