Project information

A specialist service for women problem gamblers

A new service began in January 2015 to meet the needs of women problem gamblers providing intensive residential support combined with one-to-one counselling to help women overcome their addiction and help them get their lives back on track. Demand is high and more funds are needed to help more women

January 2015 - March 2017

Charity information: Gordon Moody Association

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  • Need


    Problem gambling affects thousands of people in the UK and there is evidence to suggest that for every problem gambler at least 15 other people are affected including close family and friends. Problem gambling damages families, creates poverty and often leads to criminal behaviour. People who are severely addicted often need an intensive approach involving residential therapy to help them recover and women problem gamblers in particular have very few services available to them.


    Gordon Moody Association is a registered charity with over 40 years experience in providing residential support and treatment for people who are severely addicted to gambling. With our expertise and working with Liz Karter a specialist psychotherapist supporting women problem gamblers we aim to provide a service to help severely addicted women to overcome their problem.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide a women's service based on a mix of residential, group, one-to-one support.


    » To identify and work with 8 - 10 women who require more intensive support than is currently available via one-to-one or group counselling.
    » A four day residential programme for up to 10 women. Two groups per year are funded. Additional funds are required to run one more group each year.
    » Weekly group and one-to-one support delivered face to face and / or online (to suit the preference and needs of the individual client).
    » Two night (three day) residential to complete the treatment

    What success will look like

    Outcome measures used in gambling addiction will be used. Follow up 3, 6 and 12 months after treatment to see if the individual remains gambling free. Early signs are positive.

  • Impact


    People whose lives were ruined by gambling addiction will regain their lives, jobs, relationships and self esteem. The cost to society will be reduced with families being reunited, children being protected, people staying out of the criminal justice system and requiring less support from health services etc.


    That sufficient funding is not available and that people who need help have to be turned away.
    Ensure that there is sufficient promotion to ensure funding is found.


    In writing, in our annual Impact report and via our website and via our annual stakeholder event held in November

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £60,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 accommodation accommodation for the two residential workshops
      £30,000 cost of therapy counselling costs
      £5,000 evaluation evaluating outcomes
      £5,000 promotion publicity materials

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Responsible Gambling Trust £30,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    UK wide. Residential venue is in Herefordshire. Counselling is offered face to face in West Midlands, London and Sussex and online or by telephone for women who are based elsewhere.


    Women problem gamblers from anywhere in the UK

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have over 40 years of expertise in working with severely addicted problem gamblers and have partnered with a leading expert on women problem gamblers

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ruth Champion

    Director of Therapeutic Services. Ruth will lead the project and deliver direct support to the women clients in the residential sessions.

    Liz Karter

    Psychotherapist and author of Women and Problem Gambling. Liz is a partner in this project and will provide face to face counselling and co-design.