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Armed Forces Community Programme

Battling the Odds

Beacon Counselling Trust are proud to support the Armed Forces community with ‘Battling the Odds’. This programme provides free gambling-related harms training for professionals supporting the Armed Forces community, and free and confidential specialist treatment and support for any currently serving personal or veterans who may be experiencing gambling-related harms. As part of this programme, we also offer free treatment and 1 to 1 practical support for those affected by somebody else’s gambling and a wide range of aftercare programmes to support recovery.

The ‘Battling the Odds’ educational offer includes specific content examining why the Armed Forces are at risk of gambling-related harms, alongside examining how gambling can impact the brain, the risk factors associated with this issue, how to identify harms in serving personal and veterans, and the help and specialist support available.

BCT offer free, one and a half hour ‘Battling the Odds’ sessions online and a full day level two award accredited by the Royal Society of Public Health, to any organisations or individuals supporting the Armed Forces community.

Gambling-Related Harms in the Armed Forces Community

Our Armed Forces Community Programme Offer

Armed Forces Gambling Support Network Programme


'Battling the Odds'


For any enquires or questions relating to our Armed Forces Community Programme, please email

Armed Forces Covenant Bronze Award

Beacon Counselling Trust are extremely proud to be recipients of the Armed Forces Covenant Bronze Award. The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same. The scheme encompasses bronze, silver, and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the Armed Forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.

The ERS is designed primarily to recognise private sector support, although public sector organisations such as the emergency services, local authorities, NHS trusts and executive agencies are also eligible to be recognised.

To achieve bronze status holders are required to demonstrate their pledge in supporting the Armed Forces, including existing or prospective employees who are members of the community. Holders must have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and promote being Armed Forces friendly, and are open to employing reservists, Armed Forces veterans (including the wounded, injured and sick), cadet instructors and military spouses/partners. Holders, once awarded and Bronze ERS, receive an electronic certificate and logos to display on their website, stationery and other collateral.


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