The Beacon Counselling Trust, in partnership with Gamcare (please see www.gamcare.org.uk) and as part of Wigan Councils “The Deal” deliver a FREE gambling addiction support service for individuals and familiesaffected by problem gambling in Wigan and other areas in the North West of England.

If you would like any more information about GamCare counselling, please call us on 0151 321 1099 or for immediate help over the phone ring the GamCare helpline on 0808 802 0133.

This service includes a national telephone helpline and other support services including live chat rooms and forums and following assessment, face to face engagement i.e. one to one counselling, couple counselling and group counselling delivered through various therapeutic modalities, along with a number of advice and guidance platforms including debt management and social support etc. These services will be delivered from a central hub in Liverpool and satellite locations across the North West including Blackpool, Wigan and Wrexham.

What is GamCare?

GamCare is a national charity.  It provides information, advice, support and free counselling for the prevention and treatment of problem gambling.   You can find out more about GamCare on their website www.gamcare.org.uk

Who are The Beacon Counselling Trust?

The Beacon Counselling trust delivers the FREE Gambling Counselling service in the North West of England. We have a central base in Liverpool and satellite offices in other areas of the North West.

Here at Beacon we recognize that when dealing with Addiction particularly gambling, for a more positive and enduring outcome we must look at the problem holistically. Alongside providing therapy to treat the symptom (gambling) we can and do provide therapy to treat the route or underlying cause of the symptom in order to ensure a more effective and longer term care plan and to support recovery

We provide specialist counselling for problem gamblers and their families on behalf of GamCare.

Who can come for GamCare Gambling Counselling?

Anyone who is affected by the impact of gambling can access this service not just problem gamblers themselves for example family members of problem gamblers.

What is GamCare counselling at Beacon like?

When you first contact us, we will ask you for some basic information (name, address, date of birth, what days / times you would be able to come for counselling).  All enquiries are treated in strict confidence and contact information is stored in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.  One of our specially trained Gambling counsellors will contact you, usually within 2 days, to arrange the first appointment.

Counselling sessions  are one to one.  You will always see the same person unless either you or the counsellor wishes to change.  During the first session there is some paperwork to complete, which is to help the counsellor build a thorough picture of your situation and to enable the two of you to plan your therapy.  Counselling is tailored to the client, so sessions may be weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, they usually start out weekly but can become more stretched out as therapy progresses – these details are all to be agreed between you and your counsellor.

In addition to face to face counselling, we can also offer you telephone counselling or Skype counselling, or a combination of either.

How can I arrange to come for counselling?

If you would like to arrange to come for Gambling counselling in Wigan or anywhere across the North West then please call us on

The Beacon Counselling Trust, in partnership with Gamcare (please see www.gamcare.org.uk), deliver a free gambling support service for individuals and families affected by problem gambling in Blackpool and other areas in the North West of England.

This service includes a national telephone helpline and other support services including live chat rooms and forums and following assessment, face to face engagement i.e. one to one counselling, couple counselling and group counselling delivered through various therapeutic modalities, along with a number of advice and guidance platforms including debt management and social support etc. These services will be delivered from a central hub in Liverpool and satellite locations across the North West.

What is GamCare?

GamCare is a national charity.  It provides information, advice, support and free counselling for the prevention and treatment of problem gambling.   You can find out more about GamCare on their website www.gamcare.org.uk

Who are The Beacon Counselling Trust?

The Beacon Counselling trust delivers the FREE Gambling Counselling service in the North West of England. We have a central base in Liverpool and satellite offices in other areas of the North West.

Here at Beacon we recognize that when dealing with Addiction particularly gambling, for a more positive and enduring outcome we must look at the problem holistically. Alongside providing therapy to treat the symptom (gambling) we can and do provide therapy to treat the route or underlying cause of the symptom in order to ensure a more effective and longer term care plan and to support recovery

We provide specialist counselling for problem gamblers and their families on behalf of GamCare.

Who can come for GamCare Gambling Counselling?

Anyone who is affected by the impact of gambling can access this service not just problem gamblers themselves for example family members of problem gamblers.

What is GamCare counselling at Beacon like?

When you first contact us, we will ask you for some basic information (name, address, date of birth, what days / times you would be able to come for counselling).  All enquiries are treated in strict confidence and contact information is stored in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.  One of our specially trained Gambling counsellors will contact you, usually within 2 days, to arrange the first appointment.

Counselling sessions  are one to one.  You will always see the same person unless either you or the counsellor wishes to change.  During the first session there is some paperwork to complete, which is to help the counsellor build a thorough picture of your situation and to enable the two of you to plan your therapy.  Counselling is tailored to the client, so sessions may be weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, they usually start out weekly but can become more stretched out as therapy progresses – these details are all to be agreed between you and your counsellor.

If you would like any more information about GamCare counselling, please call us on 0151 321 1099 or for immediate help over the phone ring the GamCare helpline on 0808 802 0133.

How can I arrange to come for counselling?

If you would like to arrange to come for Gambling counselling in Blackpool or anywhere across the North West then please call us on 0151 321 1099, fill in our online contact form, or send us an email.

What if I don’t feel able to talk face to face?

GamCare doesn’t only offer face to face counselling.  It also offers:

Phone support on 0808 802 0133 via The National Helpline and Online support (via the online counselling service “Netline”, Forum, Chat and Advice)

See www.gamcare.org.uk

What if I don’t feel able to talk face to face?

GamCare doesn’t only offer face to face counselling.  It also offers:

Phone support on 0808 802 0133 via The National Helpline and Online support (via the online counselling service “Netline”, Forum, Chat and Advice)

The scheme is backed by Wigan Council

Councillor Terry Halliwell, portfolio holder for customer transformation at Wigan Council, said:

“Since the Welfare Reforms were introduced last year we’ve done a lot of work to prevent residents from getting into debt, by signposting them to responsible lenders such as Credit Unions and helping them manage their money better with free courses. It’s not just loan sharks we’re targeting; we’ve also started working closely with betting shops to ensure they’re operating responsibly and at the beginning of this year we passed a motion calling on the government to ban Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) altogether.

“This new counselling service will complement our existing work perfectly, helping problem gamblers and their families deal with the effects of gambling. I’m really pleased that we’ve decided to launch the service here in Wigan Borough, as I’m sure many of our residents will be.”

Local Problem Gamblers opinion

Local resident and former professional rugby player, Adam Thomas, 26, was one of the first to access the service. He began gambling ten years ago and during that time he’s lost his house, car, friends and family because of his problem.

“I began gambling when I was 16 years old. At the beginning it was more of a social thing, but then it quickly spiralled out of control. I’ve tried everything, Gamblers Anonymous, hypnotherapy, rehab. I’m not saying they’re not successful; they work for a lot of people, but they weren’t for me.

“With this new service I felt like for the first time in my life I was an individual, like I was being listened to. Before, I’d find excuses not to go to counselling, whereas now I’m looking forward to my next session. It really has been my saviour.”