Betting on a game of chance for a monetary reward where you are hoping for a desired outcome, this involves an element of risk and reward, this could be from a raffle ticket to a horse race to an online loot box.
The Red Card Gambling Support Project is not anti-gambling. We understand that gambling is a leisurely activity for millions in the UK. We are, however, wanting to ensure that support is available for all those who struggle with gambling. One of our main objectives is to stop problems from occurring so we do a lot our work around gambling harm prevention.
If you are gambling more than you can afford it is a problem. £10 per week could be too much for some. There is no set monetary value to suggest a problem a gambler, it is based on your disposable income and how much of that you are gambling.
If you are borrowing money to gamble, then we suggest you seek help.
If you are not paying bills due to gambling, we suggest you seek help.
If you are resorting to illegal activities to fund gambling, we suggest you seek help.
We provide individual therapy, couples therapy, family therapy; workshops for children, education groups, workplaces, telephone consultations, advice and support.
We work closely with addiction agencies and can assist in any referral processes.
There are a host of tools we can recommend and support you with. This could be 1-1 sessions with us, advice on blocking online gambling, multi-operator self-exclusion scheme, banking options to block gambling, workbook for children.
Please contact us and we can recommend on a case-by-case basis.
You can contact Red Card Services for an initial call if you are concerned and we will discuss your concerns and inform you who we believe may be able to assist you, this could be a service we provide or we will direct you to a charity/company who will help such as NHS, Gam care, Gamble aware, Gordon Moody Association, and others.
By discussing with ourselves we will be able to signpost you as appropriate.
It is illegal to gamble in the UK if you are under 18. Gambling on the lottery and scratch cards becomes illegal to gamble on if you are under 18 from October 2021. You must be 18 or over to gamble on horse racing, online gambling sites, at casinos, in bookmakers, or on bingo.
The gambling commission are the UK gambling regulator and are responsible for supervising gambling law in Great Britain.
A personal functional licence will cost £165, and a personal management licence will cost £330.
You contact the gambling commission, but there is a registration fee payable. The commission has an online process for applications.
We deliver educational gambling awareness workshops to anybody that is affected by problem gambling, including corporate bodies, workplace, schools, colleges, universities, rehab centres, youth projects, charities, and others.
See extracts from one of our presentations below: