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.

A Gambling Support Service Trainer, Dr. Stephanie Bramley, will deliver the training sessions and provide advice to clients.  Stephanie has a PhD in gambling and also conducts research about gambling-related harm at King’s College London.  Stephanie has recently completed projects about the impact of gambling for vulnerable adults and will continue to undertake research alongside her role at Calderdale Citizens Advice.

For more information about the new Gambling Support Service or to arrange training sessions, please contact Stephanie via e-mail Stephanie.bramley@calderdalecab.org.uk or telephone 01422 365029 / 01422 652250.

Dr Stephanie Bramley

Biography:

Stephanie joined Calderdale Citizens Advice as a Gambling Support Service Trainer in March 2019.  In this role she provides training about gambling-related harm to frontline staff across Yorkshire, the Humber and North Lincolnshire. Stephanie also works at the NIHR Health and Social Care Workforce Research Unit at King’s College London as a Research Associate.  At King’s she conducts research into the impact of gambling for vulnerable adults and is currently working on two projects – ‘Adults at risk and gambling’ and ‘Gambling-related harm among recent migrant communities in the UK: responses to a 21st century urban phenomenon’.  Stephanie’s research publications are available at: https://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/portal/stephanie.bramley.html.  

Stephanie has a background in gambling studies and psychology of music. In March 2015 she was awarded her PhD from The University of Sheffield with her thesis ‘Exploring the presence, experience and influence of background music in gambling situations’. As part of her PhD she conducted interviews with casino managers, administered an online questionnaire to gamblers and designed an empirical experiment to test the effects of background music on laboratory virtual roulette gambling behaviour. During her PhD she received a Worldwide Universities Network Research Mobility Programme award and visited the Gambling Treatment Clinic at The University of Sydney where she collaborated with Professor Alex Blaszczynski and Dr Sally Gainsbury (Southern Cross University).

Stephanie has also worked as an Involvement Research Officer for a Leeds based charity. In this role she designed and facilitated involvement opportunities with vulnerable populations, patients, elderly people, carers, the general public and those experiencing health inequalities so as to gather their views concerning health and social care services.

Stephanie’s research interests include the design and promotion of gambling products, responsible gambling, gambling amongst vulnerable populations and the impacts of gambling. Stephanie also conducts research within the field of psychology of music and has also taught music psychology, research methods and study skills at higher education institutions.