Gambling charities announce new treatment agreement
Published: Wednesday, 19 November 2014
The Responsible Gambling Trust has announced that it has reached a new agreement with the Gordon Moody Association to fund residential support and treatment services for problem gamblers until 2017.
The Responsible Gambling Trust has guaranteed funding for Gordon Moody Association totalling £1,591,610. The funding will enable Gordon Moody Association to continue to operate residential and outreach services in the West Midlands and South London, and to pilot a new women’s service.
Gordon Moody Association provides residential treatment services for those who suffer severe problems arising from their gambling behaviour. Gordon Moody delivers a 12-week programme of cognitive behavioural therapy based treatment and support for men at two residential centres in Dudley and Beckenham. In addition the charity provides online support to those waiting for a residential treatment space and for those who have completed the 12-week programme. In addition, this new funding agreement will see the provision of ongoing counselling for those who need it after leaving residential treatment, and will provide a service for women which aims to combine residential and home support to those in need.
The funding decision will be formally announced at a reception for the Gordon Moody Association in the House of Commons hosted by Ian Austin MP on Wednesday 19th November.
Neil Goulden, Chairman of the Responsible Gambling Trust, said:
“The Responsible Gambling Trust and its predecessors have supported Gordon Moody Association for more than a decade and our vision for RGT was always as a long-term partner of Gordon Moody. The sound footing that the RGT has now achieved enables us to take a longer-term approach to funding treatment providers like Gordon Moody and gives us real confidence that we can continue Great Britain’s position as a world leader in treating problem gambling.”
Elaine Smethurst, Managing Director of Gordon Moody Association, said:
“Gordon Moody Association was the first charity in the UK dedicated to providing help to problem gamblers. As a charity we rely on donations to maintain our services and this agreement with the Responsible Gambling Trust helps to guarantee the future success of our treatment services. RGT’s support will enable us to provide residential treatment for many more problem gamblers and develop our ambitious plans for the charity.”
Ian Austin MP, who has a Gordon Moody Association residential centre in his Dudley constituency, said:
“I am delighted that the Gordon Moody Association has secured this funding to continue their brilliant work and start a new women’s service. The charity does a lot to help problem gamblers in Dudley and the rest of the country, and this will be a fantastic opportunity for them to expand their cutting edge work.”
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