GAT commissioned NUI Maynooth to conduct a one-year study as a scoping exercise to examine the knowledge base and evidence on gambling and problem gambling in Ireland. Dr Aphra Kerr, Prof. John O’ Brennan and Dr Lucia Vazquez-Mendoza at the Department of Sociology and the Maynooth Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI) have completed phase I of the project which will be published as a ‘working paper’ on both the Maynooth and GAT websites. Phase II of the project is currently underway. This study will be invaluable not only in informing the future strategic plan of GAT but also on a national level as it is a seminal piece in terms of Irish research in the field of gambling and problem gambling.
Project allocation: €100,000
In line with the GAT aim to ensure adequate service provision for those experiencing gambling harm and their affected others, a call for expressions of interest from organisations and agencies providing services for problem gambling and gambling addiction in Ireland was issued nationally. There was a considerable response to this action and the successful applicants were requested to submit detailed proposals for the services and initiatives outlined in the initial applications. Each proposal underwent a thorough evaluation process resulting in four organisations being awarded almost half a million Euro in funding, as follows:
- Dunlewey Addiction Services
- HelpLink Mental Health Services
- GAA Diversity & Inclusion division
- Cuan Mhuire Addiction Services
Dunlewey Addiction Services
Dunlewey was founded in 1987 and has extensive experience in providing specialist services to those experiencing addiction both substance and behaviour related for over thirty years. GAT is providing vital funding for this service including provision of the national helpline. Although based in Northern Ireland, Dunlewey provides face-to-face, phone and online counselling support across the island of Ireland.
Funding awarded: €120,000
HelpLink Mental Health Services
Helplink Mental Health introduced specific problem gambling supports to compliment the expansion of their existing service across the western region from their base in Galway into Mayo and Roscommon. HelpLink operates a free, national gambling problem / addiction counselling service that is available 7 days a week and out-of-hours: online or by phone. Face-to-face sessions are available on site in their western region premises. These services are provided by fully accredited addiction counsellors for young people (aged 16 to 18 years) and adults alike.
Funding awarded: €118,000
GAA Diversity & Inclusion division
The GAA will deliver a significant education and awareness campaign on a national and regional level which would see Gambling Awareness Programmes and associated supports made available to every club in the country. The funding awarded will cover the development of the training programme, the training of facilitators to deliver the content and an advertising campaign to reach players and members at all levels. Due to COVID-19 this project had to be postponed until national guidelines advise when it is safe to resume.
Funding awarded: €52,000
Cuan Mhuire Addiction Services
Cuan Mhuire has provided addiction support services, both counselling and residential treatment in a number of therapeutic setting across the country for over fifty years. Noticing a steady increase in the numbers of individuals presenting with problem gambling and gambling addiction issues in the last decade, the organisation recognised the need for a dedicated residential treatment centre specifically for gambling addiction. The funding provided by GAT will enable Cuan Mhuire to open a dedicated Gambling Addiction residential treatment unit in a new premises in Athy, Co. Kildare when it is safe to do so in line with current COVID-19 guidelines. This will be the first bespoke residential treatment programme in the country.
Funding awarded: €200,000
An open call for expressions of interest for 2020 funding will be issued in the coming weeks. Stay connected with us for further information.