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National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms

Establish a lived experience forum within Scotland ensuring people with lived experience fully involved in action to reduce gambling harm, and to inform the delivery of the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms (the ALLIANCE)


June 2022

The ALLIANCE continute to host Lived Experience Forum meetings every 6 weeks. The Forum has worked together to identify and indentified further focused priority areas for action in Scotland:

  1. Challenge the normalisation of gambling
  2. Tackle stigma
  3. Introduce treatment and support
  4. Increase regulation of online gambling
  5. Introduce a statutory levy

Forum meetings have also been joined by external stakeholders including: *Scottish Government *COSLA *Gordon Moody *Tackling Gambling Stigma *Scottish Recovery Consortium

Recruitment has continued to suistain membership of the Forum and to include wider voices:

April 2021

The ALLIANCE has engaged people with lived experience of gambling harm and has established the Scottish Lived Experience Forum on reducing gambling harm. The Forum was launched in December 2020. The ALLIANCE continues to facilitate connections between the Lived Experience Forum and the Scottish Implementation Group.

Event reports: Programme Launch event report July 2020:
Event defining Terms of Reference August 2020:

Event agreeing key priorities for the Forum:

Launch of the Forum December 2020.

Year One Evaluation Report completed by Programme evaluator, Matter of Focus. Outlines key principles for engaging people with lived experience and indicates next steps for the programme.

Year One Evaluation report:

November 2020

The ALLIANCE's engagement activity undertaken so far and planned to continue will lead to agreed terms of reference and identified key priority areas. The Lived Experience Forum is on track to launch Dec 2020/Jan 2021.

News item updating on Programme’s progress:

The ALLIANCE outlines plans to set up a lived experience forum on gambling harms (opens in new tab)

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