Gambling in the Asian Community – ‘Breaking the Sharam with Gambling Harm’

This new video produced by Beacon Counselling Trust and Ara highlights gambling related harm in Asian communities.

Gambling related harm has been high on the government’s agenda for some time. The Beacon Counselling Trust, based in the North West, has been putting the spotlight on protecting Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities. Research has shown ethnic communities in the UK are less likely to gamble than the overall population, but those who gamble are more likely to experience harm than those identified as white.

Beacon Counselling Trust and Ara are leading a pioneering project. This is funded by the Gambling Commission, which will provide support at grassroots level. The aim is to encourage people to:

  • talk openly about the challenges of gambling
  • work through language and cultural barriers they face in getting the help they need.

Ara are working in partnership on this two-year funded project with Beacon Counselling Trust. We are currently recruiting for South West-based BAME Community Connecter posts to extend this much needed work in addressing inequalities and engaging the most vulnerable members within our society.

To learn more about this programme and / or other services provided by both BCT and ARA please go to: