Ara Recovery 4 All become the National Gambling Treatment Service (NGTS) provider for Cornwall
From 1st April 2021, Ara will take on provision of treatment for gamblers and affected others across Cornwall suffering from gambling harms, from the incumbent provider All Out South. Ara is a charity that has been supporting people in to recovery since 1987. They provide structured treatment, counselling, housing support, education, training and employment guidance, as well as many other interventions to promote recovery and a healthier life.
A trusted GamCare partner, Ara are the National Gambling Treatment Service provider for Bristol, Bath and North Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, and all of Wales. In 2019/20, Ara supported over 5,000 people for the first time in its history, and by 2023 Ara aims to be working with 50% more beneficiaries.
With research suggesting that there are up to 5,500 people in Cornwall directly suffering gambling harms, and a further 11,000 at risk of developing serious gambling harm, Ara are delighted to bring their resources and experience in changing lives to Cornwall. These figures don’t take in to account the emotional toll on affected others – for every problem gambler, up to 10 loved ones and colleagues are adversely affected, and Ara are able to support these groups too. Ara’s overriding objective is to deliver recovery and tangible change to local communities through a placed-based approach, and client-centred interventions.
Head of All Out South Graham England said:
“Over the last few years All Out and Ara have been in collaboration regarding several Gambling Treatment Service innovations. We know that Ara are ‘Thought Leaders’ in the problem gambling field and will bring the additional treatment infrastructure and service innovation that is needed to Cornwall and its surrounding areas. The progression of the service is significant, in the quest to provide care and support to all those whose lives are harmed by gambling in the area. Ara already run the Gamcare Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme Service in Cornwall.
Welcome to Cornwall Ara!”
Ara’s Chief Operating Officer Robbie Thornhill said:
“At Ara we are delighted to be able to start supporting people suffering gambling harms in Cornwall, and continuing the great work that All Out have done. We’re looking forward to extending our coverage and engaging with partners and clients over the coming months, helping even more people in to recovery, and a life free from addiction.”
GamCare Chief Executive Officer Anna Hemmings said:
“I am delighted that the Addiction Recovery Agency (Ara) are expanding their services into Cornwall.
“Having worked closely with GamCare to provide treatment services in Wales and parts of the South West of England, those in Cornwall who are affected by gambling harms and their families will now have access to Ara’s expertise and years of experience in the field. We are sure this will make a huge difference to communities in Cornwall and we know Ara will develop local relationships to support sustained recovery for those experiencing gambling problems.”
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For the past 30 years Ara has been a significant service provider in the Southwest and has been diligent in its drive to bring lasting impact on reducing gambling harms in the area. Ara’s recognised success has been achieved in collaboration with various regional partners in delivering various services predominantly in relation to problem gambling and its impact on individuals and families.