General support and information

For support, information and advice to anyone suffering through a gambling problem, there's several ways to access help:

Beacon Counselling Trust

Beacon Counselling Trust (BCT) provides a FREE and confidential treatment and support service to those at risk of or experiencing gambling related harms across the North West of England. Help is also available for those affected by another persons gambling. BCT operates as part of the National Gambling Treatment Service and partner of lead provider GamCare. Please contact BCT on 0151 226 0696 or email

Training programmes available

Beacon Counselling Trust deliver several education and training programmes led by the 'Bet You Can Help' programme, a first of it's kind Level 2 qualification, accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health. This offer consists of two different courses, a one hour 'Bet You Can Help Now!' introductory session and the accredited full day programme.

BCT also deliver the Young People's Gambling Harm Prevention Programme in partnership with GamCare. This FREE offer provides workshops for young people aged 10 to 19, training for professionals working with young people, alongside training for parents and carers.

For more information or to arrange a training session for yourself or your team please email James Callaway at'

You can also learn more about BCT in the video below and this eLeaflet

Female specific support and training

Research suggests that only a small proportion of women affected by gambling-related harm are currently reaching out for support.  We are concerned that many people still think of gambling as a ‘male issue’, and that stigma and shame prevent women from coming forward. Gamcare provide FREE training, resources and ongoing support to staff, volunteers and professionals in organisations across the North West to help them recognise and respond to signs of gambling-related harm so that more women are empowered to access treatment and support services. GamCare is a national provider of free information, advice and support for anyone affected by problem gambling, and we have received additional funding to deliver a two-year, nationwide Women’s Programme