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Support service for problem gambling in north Clare


A new support service to assist people dealing with harmful gambling is now available at North West Clare Family Resource Centre in Ennistymon. 

The ‘National Problem Gambling Support Service’ was officially launched last week by Gambling Awareness Trust.

The service is a collaboration between Gambling Awareness Trust and the Family Resource Centre National Forum (FRCNF).

It will see the Family Resource Centre in Ennistymon and 19 others across the country provide professional and confidential counselling services to those experiencing harmful gambling and their families.

Speaking about the service, Pam Bergin, Executive Director of Gambling Awareness Trust, said, “I would strongly encourage anyone in Clare who is experiencing harmful gambling to contact their local FRC.

“Harmful gambling can have serious consequences for people’s mental health, their employment and relationships.

“International research reports that for every single person identified with a ‘gambling disorder’, up to six other people are impacted significantly.

“Given the estimated prevalence of 55,000 problem gamblers in Ireland this presents a significant number of individuals affected in Irish society and highlights the need for increased services and supports in this area.”

Fergal Landy, CEO Family Resource Centre National Forum, added, “Given the unique position of Family Resource Centres within communities through Ireland, it is welcome that Gambling Awareness
Trust have recognised our capacity to deliver a consistent, high quality, national service, to respond to the very immediate need in this important and underserved area of work.

“The ability of local Family Resource Centres in Clare, and across the country to offer a therapeutic response through counselling integrated with a community development approach to family support is to fore in how this service will be implemented.”

Counselling staff with experience in dealing with gambling addiction have been appointed in Ennistymon and each of the participating FRCs.

It is expected that the service will run for an initial three-year period, with a project evaluation to follow at the end of the final year. The service will be offered at affordable rates based on each person’s ability to pay.

The Gambling Awareness Trust is encouraging people who would like to access the service to visit www.gamblingcare.ie or www.northwestclarefamilyresourcecentre.com for more information.

Owen Ryan

Owen Ryan has been a journalist with the Clare Champion since 2007, having previously worked for a number of other regional titles in Limerick, Galway and Cork.

About Owen Ryan

Owen Ryan has been a journalist with the Clare Champion since 2007, having previously worked for a number of other regional titles in Limerick, Galway and Cork.

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