GambleAware* is an independent charity tasked to fund research, education and treatment services to help minimise gambling-related harm 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 harm as a public health issue and to help those that do develop problems get the support and help 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 2016, GambleAware distributed £8.1 million: 15% was spent on research, 74% on education and treatment, and 11% on overheads.
GambleAware has recently published a two-year Commissioning Plan that sets out how it proposes to broaden the range of 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:
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.
(*GambleAware is the operating name of the Responsible Gambling Trust, Charity No. 1093910, Registered in England No. 4384279)