GamCare has pledged its commitment to “Debt Awareness Week,” the annual initiative on debt management which runs from 22-28 March and run by Step Change.
GamCare, as the director of the National Gambling Helpline, raises serious questions as it reports seven out of ten callers express debt-related anxiety and financial woes.
Furthermore, according to GamCare, the majority of helpline callers are unaware of free debt advice offered by organisations like Step Change, Citizens Advice, and PayPlan.
Since 2014, UK charities have taken part in Debt Awareness Week to encourage people to talk about their debt problems publicly.
GamCare stated that it will aim to collaborate with a wide variety of UK organisations to combat the stigma associated with problem gambling, which may lead to individuals unable to seek help, resulting in catastrophic financial consequences.
GamCare made financial difficulties caused by gambling a top priority in 2020, releasing a “comprehensive toolkit” for financial institutions and other businesses to refer clients and staff who were suffering financial anxiety as a result of gambling.
The toolkit, which provides customised manuals for the finance, debt advice, and gambling recovery industries, as well as gambling companies, is also available for free on GamCare’s website.