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After a resounding successful online conference concerning those ‘affected’ by gambling related harms on Friday 26th February 2021, championed by those with Lived Experience, the recording of this event is now available, please click the below link to view.

Beacon Counselling Trust, working in-partnership with Gambling Harms North West Alliance, ARA Recovery for All and Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust with support from Sir Mark Hendrick MP, Gamcare, The Gambling Commission, The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, and the Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO) were able to promote, support and empower the voices of those affected by gambling related harms.

There were over 350 registrations, with the audience feedback through post conference evaluations demonstrating that 94% rated the event as ‘very good to excellent’ and 89% expressing that this conference as being ‘very to extremely useful’.

It is fair to say that due to the compelling contributions of our lived experience panel members the conference attendees have been able to increase their understanding and awareness of this important issue from their participation.

The interest in this event also signifies that the negative impacts of gambling related harms on ‘affected others’ requires the need for further and much needed initiatives and specific support to be directed towards this vulnerable group.

What the audience said:

“Incredibly emotive and informative”

“The lived experience speakers were incredibly brave, honest, and powerful in how they spoke today.”

“Interesting, informative, and engaging balance between international professional input (regarding service provision, research, and strategy) and powerful lived experience narratives…reinforces more than ever that it is not just individuals but whole families who go through addiction and recovery processes. Thank you to all involved.”

“The diversity / variety of speakers – well balanced out. All the superlatives! Good for everyone (gamblers too) to look at ways the illness affects so many, taking into account cultural diversity and different perspectives within the family.”

“The voices of those affected by gambling harms really DO need to be heard. The powerful, evocative, lived experience speakers’ stories could not have demonstrated this more clearly. They are the innocent people, branded “Guilty by Association?” Except they are quite the opposite and it’s time to help them! However, actions speak louder than words…”

Guilty by Association Audience Satisfaction Survey Summary Report

We have produced a summary taken from our participants feedback from the Guilty by Association conference. To view this feedback please click play on the video below or download the PDF file.

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