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GMA Weekly Blog 9th April 2021

Published: 9 April 2021 by Dunc

Gordon Moody’s weekly round up. 

 

Evidence, experience and results 

 

This year is a really exciting one for Gordon Moody and the people we look after. 

 

It is our 50th anniversary year and we have been working on refreshing our brand and our purpose and building a new look website in recent months. This has been to prepare ourselves for the years ahead as well as celebrating this years anniversary. 

 

We will soon be sharing our new look through social media, at events and through our new website that will go live later in April. 

 

Of course, refreshing our branding and website would mean nothing if we didnt have the successful Gordon Moody treatment programmes. Over the past 50 years these have helped thousands of people severely affected by gambling addiction to recover and go on to live gambling-free lives. 

 

The changes we are bringing in are designed to make it simpler for people to understand what we do and how to find the support and services they need from us. 

 

It is also about sharing a message of hope. A message that shows that through tackling gambling addiction together people can reclaim and rebuild their lives. 

 

Changing times 

 

This year also sees a UK government review of the 2005 Gambling Act. 

 

Like many organisations and individuals in the sector, Gordon Moody has submitted evidence for the initial phase of the review consultation. 

 

We have welcomed the governments commitment to preventing gambling related harm and offered our expertise as a treatment provider.  

 

One of the key things we are stressing is that more resources need to be available for those who need intensive and residential treatment for their gambling addiction. 

 

We have argued that there are limits to the extent to which gambling related harms can be regulated out of the gambling industry entirely, and that any national effort to reduce gambling related harms should include a targeted treatment strategy. 

 

We have also written to government ministers advocating that: There needs to be urgent collaboration to devise a more coherent, adequately resourced and effective referral and commissioning process to ensure the most vulnerable do not slip through the treatment net. 

 

Treatment impact 

 

The past year has shown us that those who are seeking help from Gordon Moody are presenting with a number of other severe challenges that they are facing in their life. Some of this has been down to the impact of Covid and lockdown. 

 

In comparison to data taken from the National Gambling Treatment Service reports and data from the National Gambling Helpline, applicants for treatment at Gordon Moody present with significantly increased levels of severity across a range of different issues. 

 

Gordon Moody use two assessment tools during and after treatment - the PGSI and the CORE-10.  

As can be seen from the figures below Gordon Moody clients makes significant improvements during treatment and in the case of the PGSI sustained improvement into recovery.  

 

The average improvement of PGSI score between the beginning and end of treatment in 2019/20 was 20 points and the average improvement of CORE-10 score was 13.  

 

The problem gambling severity index (PGSI) is an assessment used by all of the treatment providers within the national gambling treatment service (NGTS).  

 

We measure a service users PGSI at the start of treatment, at the end of treatment and at various points in their recovery. 

 

The average improvement of a PGSI score for those who have gone through treatment in the UK is 12 points. In 2019/20 the average improvement in a Gordon Moody clients’ PGSI score was 20. 

 

The CORE-10 assessment tool is also widely used in the NGTS and is measured at various points throughout a service users treatment and is a clinical tool to assess a service users progress and wellbeing. 

 

The average improvement of a CORE-10 score for those who have gone through treatment in the UK is eight points. In 2019/20 at Gordon Moody the average improvement in a clients CORE-10 score was 13. 

 

We feel that these results very significantly show the impact of Gordon Moodys ability to treat those who are severely affected by gambling addiction.  

 

The past five years have also seen an increase of severity in women applying for treatment especially with mental health issues. The number of women who have already sought help elsewhere then applying for treatment at Gordon Moody has increased sharply - clear evidence of the need for the higher level of intervention which Gordon Moody provide. 

 

In 2021 we will be offering more places for treatment including the opening of a womens treatment centre that will enable us to provide our unique residential treatment programme to women, as well as men. 

 

Contact us if you need help 

 

If you are concerned about your own or a loved ones gambling dont suffer in silence, we are here to help and together we can tackle gambling addiction. 

 

To apply for treatment at Gordon Moody visit www.gordonmoody.org.uk or for more information call us on 01384 241292. 

The National Gambling Helpline is available 24/7 call free on 0808 802 0133. 

 

Until next week stay safe, look after yourselves and each other. 

 
 

 

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GMA Weekly Blog 1st April 2021

Published: 1 April 2021 by Dunc

Gordon Moody’s Weekly round up

 

Here comes the Sun(flowers)

 

Spring is in the air this week as around the UK we have been enjoying some much needed sunshine following a tough start to the year.

 

We are putting our green fingers to the test here at Gordon Moody. Sunflower growing kits were sent to all of our team for a bit of competitive fun to see who can grow the best flower, and also to represent our hopes for a big year ahead for the organisation and its service users past, present and future.

 

Seeds of hope

 

I don’t know about you, but the good weather along with the fact that we are able to meet loved ones again with the easing of lockdown restrictions has certainly lifted my mood and made me feel more positive about the future.

 

The feeling of “getting our lives back” as we enjoy being outside, connecting with nature, connecting with others and the sense of hope that better times are not too far in the future is very powerful.

 

Hope brings positivity, it gives us the energy we need to fight, to persevere with whatever our struggle may be knowing that there is light at the end of the tunnel and that better times are ahead.

 

At Gordon Moody we want to pass on that message of hope to anyone who is suffering from gambling harm.

 

For those battling a gambling addiction there is a sense of hopelessness, there is very little light at the end of the tunnel, it is an all-consuming world where all that seems to matter is the next bet or getting the money to gamble more.

 

The impact of gambling addiction can be devastating. A high percentage of those who apply for help at Gordon Moody are suffering from a range of other issues as a result of gambling. 

Mental health suffers, relationships are broken and the gambler’s integrity and honesty is tested to the limit.

 

At Gordon Moody we are here to help you reclaim your life, to help you “get your life back” and to help you rebuild your life free from gambling addiction. We are with you every step of the way and by tackling gambling addiction together there is hope, there is light at the end of the tunnel and better times lie ahead.

 

If you are concerned about your own or a loved one’s gambling don’t suffer in silence, we are here to help and together we can tackle gambling addiction.

 

To apply for treatment at Gordon Moody visit www.gordonmoody.org.uk or for more information call us on 01384 241292.

The National Gambling Helpline is available 24/7 call free on 0808 802 0133.

 

The end of a challenging year

 

The end of March is the end of the financial year at Gordon Moody, as it is for many organisations. It is impossible at this point not to reflect on the previous year and the huge challenges presented by the Coronavirus pandemic.

 

In April last year, at the start of the first lockdown,  it was a very uncertain time for everyone and nobody was sure what the future had in store and what the impact of the virus would be.

 

The last year tested every aspect of our organisation, our treatment facilities, our colleagues, and our service users. It tested our ability to innovate and adapt and be able to carry on as it tested our service users who were trying to rebuild their world when it seemed the world around them was falling apart.

 

I am hugely proud and humbled to work alongside colleagues and service users who have met these challenges head on. Throughout the pandemic we have remained open, we have continued to provide residential support and adapted programmes such as retreat and counselling that have been delivered online, and we have provided additional pre-support for those waiting for treatment to help keep them safe as well as delivering hundreds of online groups for ex-service users, family and friends.

 

Together we can tackle gambling addiction, if you are a loved one are in need of help please reach out for support. We are open and we are here to help.

 

There is hope.

 

Until next week stay safe, have a very happy Easter, look after yourselves and each other.

 

 

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GMA Weekly Blog 19th March 2021

Published: 19 March 2021 by Dunc

Gordon Moody’s weekly round up 

It’s been another busy week here at Gordon Moody, all of our treatment programmes are running and we are helping men and women reclaim and rebuild their lives free of gambling addiction. The challenges of covid have certainly made us think differently about how we offer treatment and our team have worked at pace to adapt and adjust to ensure that we have been able to continue to provide a service for those in need. 

Our initiatives designed through the pandemic such as online pre-treatment support, ex-resident groups, family and friend groups and our online Retreat and Counselling programme will not be forgotten when life gets back to normal, and we will take the lessons we have learned forward to support our core treatment offer. 

This happens in our treatment centres too; through our creative groups we are always looking at new ways to help our residents reflect on and express their emotions. 

Beckenham Treatment Centre Manager David Hollingsworth and Support Worker Vanessa Golding Provide an example in this week’s blog. 

Getting creative 

For the past three weeks in Beckenham our residents have been getting their creative juices flowing in ways that couldn’t have been foreseen before they came into treatment. Under the watchful eye of our very own trained seamstress, Vanessa Golding, the guys have spent many hours using a needle and thread to make their own cushions. 

 

What began as a tentative suggestion by a couple of residents to do some needlework in the Creative Group has mushroomed to be an ongoing project that takes up a lot of the guys’ down time around the house. Vanessa gained permission for a sewing machine to be bought for the house and it has been used pretty much nonstop ever since. 

 

The uplift in wellbeing has been a sight to see around the house over the past few weeks. No complaints about boredom or having nothing to do in the afternoon, only the quiet hum of stitching with faces of concentration all round. Having an ongoing project like this has really added to the sense of purpose in recovery as a new interest is piqued which brings therapeutic value and a sense of calm reflection. 

 

“When in doubt sew it” 

 

One of our residents has made a man inside a cocoon; representing how he himself had shut himself off from the world and but now the cocoon is slowly opening and the man is coming out of his shell “Sewing helps to sew memories and helps to process thoughts”. Being able to express himself through craft has helped to move his recovery forward. 

 

Another resident has made a cushion with a star in its centerpiece. Having had no previous needlework experience it has been helpful for him to see what he can do and take the encouragement and enthusiasm of others to really go for it. “Sewing makes me relax and I feel SEW supported by Vanessa.” 

 

All of this has taken place under Vanessa’s guidance and her own passion for the project and her knowledge of the therapeutic benefits of needlework. She said this week “I am qualified seamstress, but the residents didn’t know this when they first spoke about doing some sewing. I really enjoy sewing; I find it a calming and peaceful activity. It has been amazing to see the guys so readily buying into it and coming up with some outstanding work.” 

 

Some more materials are on order and the plan is for the resident to make cushions for the lounge and one each for our nine bedrooms. There are also plans for a giant Gordon Moody patchwork quilt; a never-ending piece of work that future residents will be able to add to. Each resident can make their own design, and these will inspire the next generations to pick up the needle and thread themselves and discover, or even rekindle, a hobby that can do so much for their overall wellbeing.  

 

As we will no doubt see over the coming weeks with our staff sunflower growing contest, the smallest of seeds can grow into the grandest of sights. With a project like this one there really isn’t an end to the growth, and we will have an ongoing legacy in Beckenham.  

 

Let’s tackle gambling addiction together 

 

I know for many affected by gambling harm this will have been a challenging week due to the Cheltenham festival. Thousands of people will have enjoyed the event without harm but for those consumed by gambling addiction as well as their loved ones the week has the potential to be very damaging. 

I would urge anyone concerned about their own or a loved one’s gambling to seek help. At Gordon Moody we provide innovative and affective treatment for those severely affected by gambling harm. 

Please don’t suffer in silence, we are open, we are here to help, and we are still accepting applications for treatment, whatever the twists and turns of the COVID-19 regulations. 

To apply for treatment at Gordon Moody visit www.gordonmoody.org.uk or for more information call us on 01384 241292. 

 

 

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