Welcome to the SIX TO TEN project

With experience and an understanding of the impacts of gambling related harms, we recognise supporting those affected family and friends is as significant as helping those loved ones who gamble.

Who are the ‘affected others?’

An affected other is a person directly impacted by an individual’s harmful gambling. This may include:

Partners

Parents

Siblings

Children

Grandparents

Friends

Work colleagues

The Six To Ten Project puts affected others at the centre of care to help individuals overcome many of the challenges gambling harms present in everyday life.

Our mission is to create a free, holistic support and a safe space for those affected to help mitigate the harms through intervention, prevention and importantly building resilience for the future.

Through the Six To Ten Project individuals will work one to one with our dedicated specialist project/support workers receiving support for issues from housing, financial, legal to mental and physical wellbeing.

Our team will not only be there to find the right help for your needs, but broker and liaise with other organisations and professionals where possible to ensure the appropriate level of care, as and when needed.

Read on to find out more about how Six To Ten can help you. As an affected other you are not alone.

SUPPORT

We are the first service to offer holistic support to family members and others affected by gambling disorder.

This project has been developed to offer wide-ranging aid, advocacy, and community engagement on your behalf.

As well as practical guidance, Six To Ten aims to complement our free and confidential counselling services offered by all partner charities.

Six To Ten is a partnership between Ara, Beacon Counselling Trust, and DrugFAM.

Once assigned with a project worker, you will be offered regular sessions over the course of up to 12 weeks to help improve quality of life.

All clients will also be entitled to free and confidential counselling through the National Gambling Treatment Service.

Our service support includes advocacy for housing, financial and debt management and legal matters but we also understand family members need space to talk through the impacts of gambling harms to their health and well-being and relationships.

Through one-to-one care and a personal support plan, clients will receive onward referrals and where appropriate, liaison with other professionals who will form a crucial part of your holistic support package.

We are here to make a difference.

We are here to make a difference

MEET THE TEAM

Phoebe – Project Lead

Having worked in management in the retail and hospitality sector for more than a decade including the gambling industry I have seen first-hand the harms gambling can cause for individuals and their families.

I have always been interested in a career that makes a difference to people’s lives and made the decision to change careers and become part of the solution in preventing gambling harms. I have quickly fallen in love with this role and I am committed to leading the project to success.

Bringing the gambling conversation to the forefront, reducing stigma for the gambler AND the affected other is paramount.

I am committed to leading the project to success and help the many people that will benefit from this service.

Bringing the gambling conversation to the forefront and making sure the stigma is removed for the gambler AND the affected other is paramount.

Nicola – Project worker

With lived experience as an affected other I have a deep-level understanding of the impact gambling related harms has on the family dynamic and everyday life.

I’m passionate about delivering a holistic support package, which puts the affected other at the centre of care to help build security and resilience.

I am committed to looking at and exploring innovative ways to increase support for vulnerable families, giving a platform for those voices and seeking new methods of early intervention to drive down the numbers of those subject to legacy harms caused by gambling in the future.

I am dedicated to using skills and abilities I have built in the last five years to share experience but also look and explore innovative ways to increase support for vulnerable families, give a platform for those voices and seek new methods of early intervention to drive down the numbers of those subject to gambling harms in the future.

Hayley – Project Worker

Prior to joining the Six to Ten project I worked as a mental health nurse and have experience in a range of NHS services including substance misuse, eating disorders, acute inpatient psychiatric care, prison services and as part of a university mental health team.

After working nearly 20 years in the mental health sector I was ready for a change and joining this team has given me an excellent opportunity to transfer and develop my knowledge and skills.

I strongly believe that affected others should have access to high quality information and support, and am excited to be part of a team with the potential to make such a difference to people’s lives.

I strongly believe that Affected Others should have access to high quality information and support, and am excited to be part of a team with the potential to make such a difference to people’s lives.

Cathie – Project Worker

I started my career as a psychotherapist within the prison system as a bereavement therapist, before moving into a role within a partnership of GamCare as lead therapist in Essex.

My experience also includes working as head of armed forces service treatment, working with members of the Parachute Regiment and within the Military Training Corrective Centre, specialising in delivering gambling awareness presentations and one to one support to both personnel and affected others.

I have also been an expert witness providing clinical court reports for clients within the criminal justice as a result of gambling harm and have worked in A&E with patients presenting with alcohol related harm.

I am excited to be a part of this project working with affected others and I am confident I’ll be able to deliver support and believe my experience will be beneficial to clients.

I have also been an expert witness providing clinical court reports for clients within the criminal justice as a result of Gambling harm and have worked in A+E with patients presenting with alcohol related harm.

Always wanting to return to working with Gambling harm, I am excited to be a part of this project working with affected others and I am confident I’ll be able to deliver support and believe my previous experience will be beneficial to clients.

Louise – Project worker

I have previously worked in various management roles within the NHS including operations manager of the Children and Adolescent Mental Health Inpatient Unit (CAMHs)

My career has also involved working in learning disability services.

In 2020, I started working with GamCare supporting those affected by problem gambling, initially as a senior adviser on the National Gambling Helpline before joining their treatment team.

I am looking forward to being part of the Six to Ten project supporting loved ones impacted by gambling disorder.

I am looking forward to being part of the Six To Ten project supporting loved ones of harmful gamblers.

Steph Shilton

Steph – Project worker

I’m Steph, and my husband was a chronic gambler for nearly 50 years and I know first-hand the devastation it creates.  I have spoken at a national level about gambling addiction and am passionate about raising awareness of gambling harms.

I have a diploma as a Life Coaching therapist, 27 years of experience of management in the NHS, and have stood as a Trustee at North and Mid-Essex and Suffolk MIND Charity.

I am totally committed to working with the Six To Ten team to deliver a high standard of care and service to loved ones who are struggling.

I am looking forward to being part of the Six To Ten project supporting loved ones of harmful gamblers.

WHO WE ARE

The Six To Ten Project is a partner project between three organisations dedicated to supporting those affected by disordered gambling to rebuild their lives.

Ara has provided structured treatment, counselling, housing support, education, training and employment guidance for more than 30 years.

In 2020/21, Ara supported more than 6,000 people for the first time in its’ history, and by 2023 aim to be working with 50% more beneficiaries.

Ara have been supporting problem gamblers and affected others across the South West for many years, and in 2019 became the National Gambling Treatment Service (NGTS) provider for the whole of Wales.

Beacon Counselling Trust (BCT) is a North West wide award-winning counselling charity. BCT employs fully qualified counsellors who have extensive experience working with those presenting mild to moderate mental health issues.

BCT was awarded charitable status in 2010. BCT aim to make life better for individuals and families who access services because they believe passionately that people can change their behaviour and their lives.

Through professionally delivered structured support and experience BCT aims to help clients embrace a different way of living even after the most catastrophic of life changing events.

DrugFAM provide a seven day a week lifeline of safe, caring and professional support to families, friends, partners and significant others who are struggling to cope with the nightmare of a loved one’s addiction to drugs, alcohol or gambling.

They also support those bereaved by drugs, alcohol, gambling and related causes. Through their range of services, which also include education and awareness, they support families to break free from the cycle of addiction and rebuild their lives.

DrugFAM are dedicated to what they do because they know it makes a difference.

PARTNER PROJECTS

As well as the Six to Ten project, there are many other services and resources dedicated to supporting people suffering with gambling harms, raising awareness of the issues, and providing education and screening tools for early interventions.

Bet You Can Help

The ‘Bet You Can Help’ (BYCH) training programme helps support individuals affected by, or at risk, of being affected by gambling-related harm. The course provides candidates with an understanding of the nature, concepts and impacts of harmful gambling and gambling-related harm.

Breaking the Sharam

‘Breaking the Sharam’ Project provides non-judgemental, culturally sensitive and appropriate advice on accessing specialist support to anyone experiencing gambling related harms in the South Asian Community.

Call Suhayl Patel on: 07435 985 857 or 0151 226 0696.

Criminal Justice and Gambling

Ara in the South West and Beacon Counselling Trust in the North West, created an early intervention framework concerning gambling related harms and criminality, specifically at the point of arrest, but also throughout the criminal justice system process. Key outcomes include introducing gambling harms screening into custody suites, and upskilling those working in criminal justice to recognize the signs of gambling-related harms.

GamCare

GamCare is the leading provider of information, advice and support for anyone affected by gambling harms. We operate the National Gambling Helpline, provide treatment for anyone who is harmed by gambling, create awareness about safer gambling and treatment, and encourage an effective approach to safer gambling within the gambling industry.

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GET IN TOUCH

How to contact us

Phone: 03301 241 274 Email: info@thesixtoten.co.uk