At the 2020 Howard League Community Awards, which recognises successful schemes that minimise crime and change lives for the better, GamCare was named ‘Organisation of the Year’.
The annual awards are sponsored by a national organisation, the Howard League for Penal Reform, often called the “oldest penal reform charity in the world,” which advocates for less violence, safer neighbourhoods, and less prisoners.
The awards honour programmes and organisations whose work and practise are implemented beyond and beyond standard service delivery and are intended to celebrate best practise in diversionary work and champion work in the community that challenges and transforms individuals for the better.
GamCare was rewarded for the strides that the company has made in its work to support gamblers caught up in the criminal justice system by scooping the company of the year award.
Over 50 projects from across England , Wales and Scotland were shortlisted for this year’s awards out of a large number of nominations, giving them the ability to promote their work on the national stage.
Catryn Yousefi, the Howard League for Penal Reform Program Manager, said: “The Howard League Community Awards celebrate successful projects and pioneers who help people to turn away from conflict with the law and make everyone safer.
“The flood of entries from across the country reveals that many people are working with imagination and enthusiasm, often inventing new approaches that have important lessons for us all.
“Only the very best schemes in the UK are honoured each year and, once again, we were delighted to receive so many high-quality nominations.”
GamCare announced earlier this week that, after publishing a report detailing the efficiency of its programmes during the time of increased restrictions, fewer gamblers are seeking assistance during lockdown.
The National Gambling Helpline, run by GamCare and accessible on the phone or through one-to-one live chat 24 hours a day, showed that despite the lockdown exacerbating current financial anxieties and alienation among gamblers, the capacity to obtain assistance was restricted in the sense of privacy struggles.
In comparison to telephone calls, these issues also drove an increasing turn to live chat, with this channel providing more discretion if families or housemates are in close proximity.
The final award to be presented today is for ‘Organisation of the Year’.
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