GMA Weekly Blog 18th Dec 2020

Published: Friday, 18 December 2020 by Dunc

Gordon Moody’s Weekly round up 

T’was the blog before Christmas, so that means we’ll now be quiet and take a break for a couple of weeks until 5 January. 
 

We hope you all get some chance to rest and have some time where you can escape the worries about Covid and the other concerns that are big in all our minds just now. 

 

Inevitably, Christmas and New Year is a time of reflection as well. And this year has given us plenty to reflect on. 

 

Hopefully, a lot of that reflection can bring about forces for change that are positive and do some good. 

 

And, while everyone has rightly been concerned about physical health in light of the virus, one of the things we have learned during the past nine months or so is that mental health is equally as important. 

 

We are bracing ourselves for some real challenges in 2021. The past year has shown we can be proud of how we have adapted and put our service users first. 

 

But, there’s no doubt that the lasting impact of the pandemic is still to be felt. And all of us at Gordon Moody know there will be many challenges along the bumpy road that 2021 will be.  

The UK government’s gambling review could in some ways be quite timely, if it grabs the opportunity to make sure that more resources are put into treatment for severely addicted gamblers. 

 

We aim to be up for the challenge of 2021 because we know how vital it is to give addicted gamblers and their families real hope that things can change and their lives improve. 

 

Hope is in short supply at present, but it’s not vanished. 

 
Every week we see people regaining control of their lives and beating gambling addiction. Every week we see more people from diverse backgrounds reaching out to us for help. We are there to help people when they feel all else has failed. 

 

And that's the positive message we can take from 2020 and into 2021. Every person who starts or completes that recovery journey is a beacon of hope that life can get better, no matter how big their challenges and worries are. 

 

So, our Christmas and New Year message is be realistic, stay positive and don’t be afraid of reaching out for help and support. Support will be there whether you are a client, someone who is considering starting treatment or staff and alumni who have strained every nerve to get through the immense challenges of this past year. 

 
Whatever your Christmas brings, stay in the moment and enjoy it in whatever ways you can. 

 

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  

Looking Back at 2020 

 

As you can see below 2020 has been a challenging year for GMA but also one of achievement. 

 

March 

Beckenham residential centre closes due to Covid. 

Outreach video groups for ex-residents begin quickly taking our outgoing interaction from 30 a month up to 250 a week to provide valuable support for our clients in recovery at a difficult time. 

 

April 

Pre-support introduced for clients waiting to come into treatment, with limited space available we provided virtual support through one to one online and phone sessions. 

 

May 

Family and Friends groups are launched, providing information and emotional support to those affected by another’s gambling. 

 

June 

Retreat and counselling run its first online programme, because the retreat is unavailable due to Covid. This ensures we can provide a treatment option for women gamblers. 

Beckenham residential centre re-opens following refurbishments and welcomes our first residents following the first lockdown. 

 

July 

Work begins on the refurbishment of the treatment facility and recovery housing at Dudley. 

 

August 

Chat function“talk to us”, powered by Gambling Therapy, goes live on the GMA website allowing people to reach us informally and outside of office hours if they need support or advice. 

 

September 

Gambling Therapy drafted in to assist with the GMA phonelines to provide additional hours of coverage and qualified colleagues to offer emotional support to callers in crisis. 

Our first resident to complete treatment post-lockdown graduates from Beckenham. 

 

October 

Work completed on Dudley Recovery House. 

 

November 

Gordon Moody Chief Executive Matthew Hickey gives evidence on gambling in lockdown to the All-Party Parliamentary Group.  

BBC national news and radio run a major piece on women’s gambling featuring the work of Gordon Moody and Gordon Moody staff, and showing treatment at Dudley Residential Centre. 

 

December 

Gordon Moody announces its plan to open a world-first women’s treatment centre in 2021. 

ITV national news broadcasts a feature on women’s gambling and our plans to open our residential women’s centre in 2021. 

 

Thanks to everyone who supported us especially our staff team who went over and above the call of duty to ensure we continued to support those in need at this difficult time. 

And looking forward to 2021… 

Watch this space… The blog is back on 5 January 

 

 

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