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GambleAware is tackling gambling harm with a £3m assistance fund

GambleAware is launching two major funding programs designed to help tackle the cost-of-living crisis by enabling people to sustain their recovery from gambling harm.

The two initiatives are named the Aftercare Funding Programme and the Community Resilience Fund, which are both designed to further the work of GambleAware in providing support and awareness around the issues of gambling harm.

There is £2 million assigned to the Aftercare Funding Programme, which aims to aid people recovering from gambling harm to rebuild their lives, and £1 million to the Community Resilience Fund which provides short-term funding as a quick solution to the cost-of-living crisis and the impact it has had on gambling harms for players.

Anna Hargrave, the chief commissioning officer at GambleAware said: “We are delighted to launch these two funding programs which will build capacity among charities and organizations to better respond to gambling harms in their communities and support people in long-term recovery.

“Whilst there are many people who receive successful treatment and support for gambling harms, there is less known about how to ensure recovery is sustained. The Aftercare Funding Programme will help people in this phase of longer-term recovery and responds to the need for a long-term structured aftercare program.

“The Community Resilience Fund will help organizations to address specific needs within the community and the inequalities they experience.”