GMCA awards £300,000 to community groups to battle gambling harms

To help those affected by gambling, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has awarded £300,000 to 14 community projects across the region.

GMCA awarded the money as part of its Communities Addressing Gambling Harms programme to support community-led initiatives to overcome their gambling problems across Greater Manchester. Additionally, their work is backed and funded by the UK’s Gambling Commission as part of the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms since only  3% of gambling addicts seek help in the UK.

This project will target and work with a wide range of people, which includes veterans, young people, ethnic minorities and more.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said that gambling could seriously affect people’s mental and physical health, and he is pleased to be able to fund this project as it will help people tackle their gambling issues.

Understanding the gambling harms, improving provision and access to treatment and support, engaging with local individuals to co-design change are just some of the activities included in this programme.

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