GambleAware To Fund Vital Study On Ethnic And Female-Specific Harms

GambleAware has requested the start of two new research projects that will look into the “lived experience of gambling harm among marginalised communities and women.”

Every project will be funded with a £250,000 investment from the safer gambling study, education, and recovery charity in order to gain deeper perspectives and new data on gambling damage impacts in the two groups.

GambleAware stated in its response to the Gambling Act review that existing UK gambling research is restricted in terms of data on gambling harm to ethnic communities and female gamblers.

National treatment facilities

According to GambleAware, ethnic minority groups are less likely than white communities to receive national treatment facilities, which is a source of concern.

In the case of female gamblers, recent studies show that participation in gambling and the incidence of women experiencing gambling disorder is rising faster than that of men, for “unknown reasons.”

A GambleAware statement read: “GambleAware is seeking bids from consortia and multidisciplinary teams that may include research agencies and/or academics and institutions; and anticipates that the winning bids will take a mixed-methods, multidisciplinary and multi-sector approach to achieve the aims of the research programmes.”

Policymaking and commissioning activities

GambleAware will use the new information gathered from the research projects to inform its policymaking and commissioning activities, with the aim of strengthening the UK National Strategy on gambling harm care support for all populations.

Specific ‘engagement days’ will be held by the charity for both initiatives, presenting stakeholders with a rundown of study goals.

The dates are as follows:

  • Wednesday 5 May,  2.00-3.15pm: Women and gambling research programme.
  • Wednesday 12  May, 2.00-3.15pm; Minority communities and gambling research programmes

The deadline for both submissions is Monday, June 7th; those interested can contact commissioning@gambleaware.org.