Responsible Gambling Week – 12-18th October
October 12, 2017
For the first time in the UK, Responsible Gambling Week launched on the 12th October with over 10,000 gambling venues and online sites, and 121,000 employees all taking part in the social responsibility campaign.
The majority of the sector leaders from the gambling industry including William Hill and Bet365 are on board to embrace the scheme which is lead by the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG).
“It is imperative that gambling operators meet their obligations and take every step to ensure gambling is safe so we’re pleased to see the industry coming together to raise awareness of responsible gambling,” said the Gambling Commission chief executive Sarah Harrison.
“Problem gambling can have a devastating impact not only on those who are gambling but also on their friends, family, and communities.”
— William Hill Betting (@WilliamHill) October 12, 2017
The theme for the inaugural UK Responsible Gambling Week is ‘let’s talk about responsible gambling’ which will be complemented with e-mails, Q&A sessions, posters, leaflets, banners, and information points from industry partners.
“Public engagement is one of the twelve priority actions identified in the National Responsible Gambling Strategy. We need to learn from the experience of consumers and their families, and to use this to make gambling safer. So I welcome the theme of IGRG’s Responsible Gambling Week ‘let’s talk about responsible gambling,'” said Sir Christopher Kelly, Chair of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board.
On Bet365’s email sent out to their whole database on the 13th October, they advised players to “only gamble what you can afford to lose”, “avoid chasing losses”, and “keep track of the time and amount you spend gambling”.
The campaign was launched on the back of success in Australia where there has been an annual Responsible Gambling Week since 2010, which has been supported by a number of establishments including the Australian Football League, Melbourne Victory Football Club, Racing Victoria among many others down the years.