News out of the Channel Island of Guernsey this morning, with reports that more funds are going to be made available to the Island’s Bailiwick Gambling Support Group. Last year the Trading Supervisory Board gave the Bailiwick Gambling Support Group £5,000, but this amount is likely to be increased during 2019.
With news that the Island’s Drug Concern Group and Gambling Support Group are possibly to merge, with a rebranding scheduled for next month. Tracey Rear the Business Manager of Drug Concern said: “For a number of years we have done a lot more than just working with drug users. There are people with problems with alcohol and helping family members who are affected by addiction. We are going to use the money from Home Affairs for the rebrand, so people know where to come.”
A Bailiwick Gambling Support Group spokesman said that the group aimed to be the voice for those who have gambling issues, whether it be the individual themselves or if there is someone who is concerned about a friend, relative or loved one.
A spokesperson for the group also stated: “A phone has been bought with the funds from Home Affairs and a helpline – 07839 719000 – has been set up which offers a signposting service to local support and UK online support. We also meet on a Wednesday evening from 6 to 7 at the Mind Centre for all those who are seeking help or support with gambling issues. “