About BigDeal

GamCare is the leading source of information, advice and support for anyone affected by problem gambling. We know about gambling, and care about problem gambling.

We have run the National Gambling Helpline and provided nationwide counselling support for problem gamblers and their families for over 20 years.

In 2017, we launched a Youth Outreach Programme to educate young people about responsible gambling, and help them get help if they need it. We run online services such as BigDeal, and also provide workshops and professionals’ training free of charge.

Who are we?

We’re part of GamCare, the organisation that runs the National Gambling HelpLine and NetLine. Whether you like a game of poker with your friends, just buy the odd scratchcard, or have never gambled before, we’re here to help you understand how it all works, and provide support if you need it.

Who are GamCare? Contact information

Who are you?

We’re guessing that you’re someone who wants to find out a little bit more about gambling, whether it’s for yourself or someone you know. There are loads of young people across the UK who said the same to us, so we built this website to help you:

  • Increase your knowledge about gambling – what it is, how it works and why people do it
  • Find out how to make responsible decisions
  • Learn about problem gambling and how it might affect you or someone you know. Watch our videos here.
  • Hear real stories and take helpful quizzes in our explore section
  • Learn about the support that’s out there for anyone affected by a gambling problem, especially the National Gambling HelpLine (operated by GamCare).

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Youth Outreach

We’re part of GamCare, the organisation that runs the National Gambling HelpLine and NetLine. Whether you like a game of poker with your friends, just buy the odd scratchcard, or have never gambled before, we’re here to help you understand how it all works, and provide support if you need it.

Free workshop

Are you a professional working with young people aged 11-19? 

370,00 young people aged 11-15 gamble each week; more than those who have had an alcholic drink or smoked a cigarette. Youth facing professionals are very well placed to promote responsible, informed choices around gambling, and offer support and advice if young people need it.

GamCare offers free training to Youth Professionals in London, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham. We can also provide free workshops and resources, click here to find out more and register your interest.

Resources for adults

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