Scotland Reducing Gambling Harm Programme launch and impact of COVID-19

Section: People and NetworksType: News Item Date Published: 26th June 2020
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The ALLIANCE has outlined plans to set up a Lived Experience Forum on Gambling Harms.

This Scotland-wide programme, managed by the ALLIANCE, aims to put the voice of people affected by gambling harms at the heart of action to reduce those harms.

To do this it is engaging people throughout Scotland and working with them to set up a Lived Experience Forum, to accelerate the delivery of the National Strategy (this link will take you away from our website) launched last April by the Gambling Commission.

In light of COVID-19, the programme’s engagement plan and timescales have been changed:

  • Virtual ALLIANCE membership engagement sessions
  • Four virtual events across Scotland
  • A survey and series of one-to-one interviews with people with lived experience
  • Working with the Third Sector Interface network, Self Management Network Scotland and Self Management Fund projects’ learning events
  • Working and developing engagement through ALISS, Discover Digital, Carer Voices, Community Links Practitioners, and other emerging partnerships.

These events, survey, interviews and other engagement activities will take place Summer-Autumn 2020, with the Forum established in late Autumn 2020, Winter 2020/21.

In addition, the programme lead is: scoping with academics in the field of gambling harm the establishment of a PhD on engaging people with lived experience – ‘seldom heard voices’; planning an outcomes focused, co-created evaluation of the programme, based on the programme logic model; and the collection of Digital Voices stories in print and a range of digital media.

Key future milestones:

  • Lived Experience Forum established – Autumn 2020, Winter 2020/21
  • PhD position filled and research commenced – Winter 2020/21/Spring 2021 (dependent on partner university’s timescales)
  • Digital Voices suite of resources sharing people’s stories of gambling harms compiled and shared with partners – print versions Autumn 2020 – Video versions Winter 2020/21 and onwards.

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