GambleAware is an independent charity tasked to fund research, education and treatment services to help to reduce gambling-related harms in Great Britain.

GambleAware is a commissioning and grant-making body, not a provider of services. Guided by the National Responsible Gambling Strategy, the charity’s strategic aim is to broaden public understanding of gambling-related harms and to advance the cause of harm prevention and to help those that do develop problems get the support that they need quickly and effectively.

GambleAware requires a minimum of £10 million annually to deliver its current responsibilities, and looks to all those that profit from commercial gambling to support the charity. In the 12 months to 31 March 2017, GambleAware spent £8.3 million: 18% was spent on research, 78% was spent on education and treatment and 4% was spent on the cost of generating funds.

GambleAware is a Living Wage Employer.

Strategic Delivery Plan

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 voluntary 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.

Commissioning Plan

GambleAware has published a two-year Commissioning Plan that sets out how it proposes to broaden the range of treatment services and activities it funds, supports and works with in the future. These will include general public awareness-raising, education and early-prevention work, particularly among young people and vulnerable communities, relapse prevention as well as exploring how to support online self-help and mutual aid initiatives.

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.

Further information about commissioning can be found here.

GambleAware Strategy 2016-2021

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.

Charity Governance Code

As an independent national charity, GambleAware is registered with and regulated by the Charity Commission for England and Wales and follows the Charity Governance Code to ensure best practice.

Read more about GambleAware's governance here.