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National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms

Covid- 19 and the South Asian Community (BCT, ARA, GREO)


April 2021

The South Asian community in the UK was especially impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19. Numerous sources documented the initial and disproportionate impact of the of the pandemic on this community.

Additionally, the intelligence from the South Asian community is that this community is suffering disproportionately from gambling related harm during the pandemic, as validated by the first conference on this subject “BREAKING THE SILENCE” OF GAMBLING HARMS WITHIN THE SOUTH ASIAN COMMUNITY, November 2020, which was the springboard for this pilot.

This ground breaking piece of work is a partnership project, between the Beacon Counselling Trust , ARA, GREO and multiple organisations that specialise in providing support to the South Asian Community such as the Lancashire Council of Mosques and The Muslim Council of Great Britain.

To meet the needs of an underserved ethnocultural population with unique requirements, this two year project will build capacity in the South Asian community to reduce gambling harms by implementing a culturally appropriate training model through an adapted and translated RSPH accredited BYCH model with local Community Connector’s trained to engage on the ground,.

They will provide advice , guidance and facilitate as necessary a clear path way into culturally appropriate support services

This programme builds on the successful RSPH Communities in charge of alcohol model, to help support communities engage with gambling harms, a community grass roots approach.

It is anticipated that in the future, the GREO evaluated learning from this pilot , can be scaled up to provide effective gambling harm reduction strategies for South Asian populations across the UK.

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