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TalkBanStop – a partnership between GamCare, Gamban and GAMSTOP – has secured funding for an additional year and will continue to provide free tools and support for people struggling with their gambling.
The partnership, initially a 12-month pilot program, has received additional funding from a regulatory settlement approved by the UK Gambling Commission which will see the partnership and evaluation extended until March 2023. Since the launch of the pilot, the partnership has contributed over 7000 recordings of Gamban blocking software.
The funds will be allocated to providing Gamban’s free blocking software licenses and further marketing the free handy tools and support available. The three organizations will also seek additional long-term funding for the partnership.
TalkBanStop brings together free practical tools and support that can help people maintain a successful recovery for anyone harmed by gambling. It offers a combination of personal assistance through GamCare trained counsellors, free access to Gamban blocking software and signage of the GAMSTOP self-exclusion program, as well as proactive and consistent signage to promote the overlay of tools and support on the websites of the three organizations.
Early partnership research conducted by Ipsos Mori last year found that people who used all layers of support reported reduced harm from gambling, while many perceived the tools as significant barriers to access to gambling sites, resulting in reduced cravings. to gamble and increased motivation to stop gambling.
One evaluation case study participant said, “The fact that I used this service [GAMSTOP] along with the blocking software and guidance gave me three big pillars to stand on. I can’t do it on my phone anyway, and I understand in my mindset from the advice that I don’t want to do it and change my behaviors towards it.
With the extension for another year, GamCare, Gamban and GAMSTOP will continue to work to bring the partnership to those who need it most. The organizations will also continue to share best practices with each other, striving to improve the joint offer of easy and free access to the three services.
Anna Hemmings, Managing Director of GamCare, said: “TalkBanStop is a partnership that means a lot to anyone harmed by online gambling, and a great example of organizations coming together whose services are an important first step for people wishing to stop playing. Since the beginning of the partnership, it has been extremely useful to pool our expertise as organisations, creating an offer that people can easily and freely use to start their recovery.
“We’ve heard from people supported by TalkBanStop how the impact of our interventions, layered together, can amplify the impact for their recovery. That’s why it’s important that there is no interruption in the free availability of all three layers of support. Going forward, we look to continue to build on the successes of the past year and work towards our shared aspiration to reduce gambling-related harm.”