For nearly 20 years, I suffered from a gambling dependency. It impacted on every aspect of my life and those around me, including my mental, physical and emotional well-being, relationships, finances, and employment. In 2006, I received a suspended prison sentence for criminal offences triggered by my addiction. This led to huge changes to my life and I went into a programme of successful recovery. I developed a career in social care and mental health services and took various counselling and therapeutic related courses. In 2007, I was given the opportunity to work for the YMCA and given the task to develop and manage new outreach and community projects, with the aim of providing 1:1 support and mentoring to young offenders.
In 2013, I began the planning process for Betknowmore UK, it is more than a job, it is a passion, given my first-hand experience of how devastating gambling related harm can be, to the individual, those around them and to the wider community. I am a supporter of social enterprise and believe communities thrive when given the resources and tools to co-produce the services and infrastructure they need.
Betknowmore UK is a gambling support service, providing treatment and education services addressing gambling related harm. Our services include an accredited outreach programme called ACT and innovative services to the voluntary, commercial and gambling sectors.
Overview of our services:
- UK first gambling support hub, focusing on community support and engagement, integrating with statutory and voluntary services
- UK first accredited outreach programme for gambling support sector, provision of 1:1, group and ‘affected others’ support and treatment services
- UK first rapid support programme to LBO customers, provision of training and support to gambling operators staff
We believe for the UK gambling support sector to grow and build capacity, partnerships and engagement with invested stakeholders is crucial, so please contact me and the team to discuss how we can work together.