Gambling

New gambling support service at Calderdale Citizens Advice

Calderdale Citizens Advice has received funding from GambleAware for a new Gambling Support Service.  The Service is offering free training about gambling-related harm across Yorkshire, The Humber and North Lincolnshire to frontline workers (e.g. individuals who work within alcohol/substance misuse, mental health, housing, finance/welfare, safeguarding, social work, social prescribing, adult and children services). 

The Service is offering awareness (up to 1 hour) and training (1 – 3 hour) sessions. The awareness session is an introduction to gambling-related harm and the training session is more in-depth and focuses on how to spot the signs and symptoms associated with gambling-related harm.

Our Gambling Support Service Trainer, Colin Bland, will deliver the training sessions and provide advice to clients. 

For more information about the new Gambling Support Service or to arrange training sessions, please contact Colin via e-mail at Colin.Bland@calderdalecab.org.uk or telephone 01422 652250.

Biography:

Colin joined Calderdale Citizens Advice as a Gambling Support Service Trainer in March 2020.  In this role, he provides training about gambling-related harm to frontline staff across Yorkshire, the Humber, and North Lincolnshire. Prior to joining, Colin had a 17-year career as a police officer, serving in both Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire.

After leaving the police, Colin moved into the recovery sector and became a Criminal Justice Recovery Co-Ordinator for a charity that helps and supports those with substance and alcohol dependencies. He then joined the National Gambling Helpline who provides the first line of support for those who have gambling problems and those who are affected by the gambling of others.

Colin himself is an ‘Expert by Experience’ having personally overcome gambling addiction issues after battling for well over two decades. He now uses this lived, first-hand experience to help others and is deeply passionate about this.