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A new perspective on problem gambling

It’s a great aspect of being a recovery support volunteer for CADAS that I get regular opportunities to refresh, or add to, my skills or knowledge, in order to be able to support clients better. Since I trained I’ve also attended workshops at CADAS’ 40th birthday celebrations and taken a course in ‘tapping’ (emotional freedom technique), too.

I was excited to take part in the training recently offered to CADAS by Gamcare, an independent charity that provides advice, information, support and treatment to anyone affected by gambling in the UK (www.gamcare.org.uk).

Cramming the material for a half-day face-to-face workshop into a shorter session on Zoom with great skill, Nadine Ashworth, from Gamcare, delivered a succinct and interesting overview. She described how what can be viewed as a fun leisure pursuit can develop into a serious habit. There are now so many easily-accessible ways to gamble that can become addictive very quickly, such as online gambling.

It was very helpful to learn what problem gambling can look like and what harm this may cause to the person gambling and the impact on affected others.

As a volunteer support worker, I now feel that I understand basic facts, how to signpost to appropriate services should the need arise and how the training may be able to inform my work both supporting clients on a 1:1 basis and on the CADAS Helpline. I appreciated Nadine’s warm and professional delivery and can thoroughly recommend this training! It was also really interesting and interactive, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions.

Amanda Milburn

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