GamCare to Offer Support for Inmates and Ex-Offenders Via their Chatroom Service
by Glenn Baird - June 30, 2020
CamCare already offers a chatroom service for its users and has announced today that they will expand that to included contact with the Criminal Justice System (CJS), to allow problem gamblers who are inmates or ex-offenders the opportunity to use the chatroom service to help support their recovery.
Just now, GamCare offers hour long chat services that gives gamblers the opportunity to discuss problem gambling and issues relating to it.
Along with a “peer support” service there are also opportunities for friends and family of problem gamblers to log on and ask questions.
On Tuesday the 7th of July at 3pm UK time, inmates and ex-offenders will be offered support that is tailored for their specific needs vis the current chatroom service offered by GamCare.
Leading the directive, Eartha Heptinstall, CJS Project Officer at GamCare, said: “We know that there is generally a higher number of people affected by gambling harms within the CJS than in the general population.
“Studies have also indicated that the more complex, prolonged and persistent a gambling problem is, the more likely it is that a crime will be committed and, indeed, that many crimes may result. If a gambling problem remains unaddressed, rehabilitative work in other areas of an individual’s life is not likely to be successful.
“GamCare and our partners provide a range of support across the CJS, and we’re running this chatroom to give those in contact with the CJS a safe space to connect with one another and to seek specific advice if they have burning questions they may not be able to address anywhere else. GamCare chatrooms are confidential spaces and can provide a vital channel for peer support in recovery, and our team are also on hand to give additional advice if needed.”