Resources: Gambling

Ara Gambling Service

Ara Gambling Service provides 1:1 counselling for people experiencing problems with their own gambling or that of a family member. This service is available for people aged 18+ living in Bristol, Wales and South West England.

Ara Recovery For All

Ara is a major provider of supported housing services in Bristol as a partner in the Recovery Orientated Alcohol and Drugs Service (ROADS), and has an extensive and expanding service providing counselling and support for problem gamblers.


GamCare is the leading UK provider of free information, advice and support for anyone harmed by gambling. They provide both telephone and online support.

South West NHS Gambling Service

The service, introduced last year, covers South West England (Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset, Devon, and Cornwall) and compliments existing NHS clinics covering the rest of the UK. The SW Gambling Service is led by AWP NHS Trust, and comprises of a partnership of 6 organisations, providing a comprehensive treatment pathway for people who are experiencing harm from gambling. What sets us apart is that the service is fully funded by NHS England, unlike some existing 3rd sector services on offer that are funded directly by the gambling industry. People can self-refer to our service, with the only stipulation being that individuals have to be registered with a GP in the South West.

Who Are they?

The South West Gambling Service is a new service funded by NHS England, comprising of therapists, assistant therapists and operational staff. The service is led by AWP NHS Trust and provides a comprehensive treatment pathway for people, carers and families who are experiencing harm from gambling.
We have a ‘Single point of contact’ for anyone who wants help with their gambling. Individuals, Carers, or family members effected by gambling can self-refer to our service.
You can contact us by phoning this number: 0330 022 3175

Why is the service needed?

Research shows us that approximately 2.8 million people in the South West region gamble (59%).
The data also tells us that about 11% of the population of SW England experience some harm from gambling.
1 in 4 gamblers are at substantially higher risk of suffering serious harm.
Gamblers who report high-risk gambling behaviours are at increased risk of suicidality (The Lancet, 2021)
A Swedish study found that people with gambling disorder are 15 times more likely to take their lives (Karlsson & Hakansson, 2018)