Scotland Reducing Gambling Harms: Lived Experience Involvement

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The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE)’s Scotland Reducing Gambling Harms programme would like to invite people with lived experience of gambling harms to connect with us and help shape action to reduce gambling harms in Scotland by sharing their expertise and priorities.

The Scotland Reducing Gambling Harms programme is a Scotland-wide programme to put the voice of people affected by gambling harms at the heart of action to reduce those harms.

Gambling-related harms are the adverse impacts from gambling on the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, communities and society. This includes financial, employment, and relationship issues, physical and mental health problems, criminal activity, and in the most severe cases suicide as a direct result of gambling harm.

People can experience gambling harms to different degrees, and we are interested in speaking to anyone who feels they have experienced harm as result of their own, or a loved one’s gambling.

We work with people with lived experience to identify key areas of importance in reducing gambling harms in Scotland.

These key areas help shape the focus for the Scottish Implementation Group of the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms and put the voice of people affected by gambling harms at the heart of action to reduce those harms. With people with lived experience, we also provide perspectives, advice and information on other matters related to gambling harm. For example; shaping awareness raising campaigns and helping inform the focus of future research on gambling harm.

By taking part, people with lived experience have the opportunity to influence policy change to help reduce gambling harms in Scotland. More information about the programme and our work is available on the Scotland Reducing Gambling Harms webpage on the ALLIANCE’s website.

We are keen to hear from people with experience of gambling harms or people who have a loved one(s) with experience of gambling harms. Sometimes, we call these people “affected others” and they might be a partner, parent or guardian, child, or sibling of a person with lived experience of gambling harms.

Having views from a diverse range of people is important to us. We particularly welcome speaking to:
• Older People
• Younger People
• Women
• People from a range of cultural backgrounds
• People from a range of religious backgrounds
• People from a range of ethnic and racial communities
• Anyone who views themselves as a member of a minoritised community

There are lots of ways to be involved and help shape gambling harms policy, practice and research in Scotland. You can:

Become a Forum Member:
We support a forum of people with lived experience of gambling harms to come together on a regular basis with policy and decisions makers in Scotland. Forum Members commit to attending regular, evening meetings roughly every six weeks for one and a half hours.

Contribute on an individual basis:
For people who are unable to commit to the regularity of the Forum, we are able to speak to people on a one-to-one basis as topics or opportunities they are passionate about arise.

We recognise that people have different comfort levels when it comes to discussing gambling harms, and individuals will have different preferences when it comes to how they’d like to be involved. We are more than happy to be flexible and to work with people in a way that feels safe and comfortable for them.

Organisation aims and objectives

The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) is the national third sector intermediary for a range of health and social care organisations. We have a growing membership of over 3,000 national and local third sector organisations, associates in the statutory and private sectors, disabled people, people living with long term conditions and unpaid carers. Our vision is for a Scotland where people of all ages who are disabled or living with long term conditions, and unpaid carers, have a strong voice and enjoy their right to live well, as equal and active citizens, free from discrimination, with support and services that put them at the centre.










Frequency and commitment details

Forum members will be commit to attending regular Forum meetings every 7 weeks on Tuesday evenings. Individual contributors will be able to share their views on an ad hoc and flexible basis.


We ask: • If you have experienced gambling harms yourself, that you are currently in recovery or are recovered; • That you do not have any associations to the gambling industry which may contribute to a conflict of interest.
Travel details: All sessions are currently taking place online due to COVID-19.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Expenses such as travel, childcare and access to wifi will be covered.
Training details: There will be opportunities to take part in training and skill development activities to support your involvement.

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