The ALLIANCE outlines plans to set up a lived experience forum on gambling harms

Section: People and NetworksType: News Item Date Published: 3rd November 2020
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The ALLIANCE’s Scotland Reducing Gambling Harm programme updates on its engagement work and future plans.

The programme 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 with lived experience of gambling harm throughout Scotland and working with them to set up a lived experience forum on gambling harms to accelerate the delivery of the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms (this link will take you away from our website), a strategy launched last April by the Gambling Commission.

Engagement activity so far has included:

  • A series of virtual engagement events with people with experience of gambling harm
  • One-to-one interviews with people with lived experience
  • Virtual ALLIANCE membership engagement sessions
  • Capturing Humans of Scotland stories showing impact of gambling on people’s lives, as part of the programme’s Digital Voices work
  • Working with COPE Scotland to understand impact of gambling on communities and explore a community champions model to reduce gambling harm
  • Working with the ALLIANCE’s Self Management Network Scotland, Carer Voices, Link Workers, and others to explore engagement activity and emerging partnerships.

These workshops, interviews and other engagement activities have taken place over the summer and autumn 2020. The programme is working with people with experience of gambling harm to agree a Terms of Reference for the Forum, which will have its first meeting in the 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’; embedding an outcomes focused, co-created evaluation of the programme; and the collecting further Digital Voices stories in print and video.

Key milestones:

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

For more information on the programme and the lived experience forum contact:

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