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Focus group invitation – Understanding how gambling may impact on migrants – 25th June 2018

England has some of the most relaxed gambling laws in the world and some people have concerns that vulnerable adults are being harmed. 

New migrants are one of a number of groups in society who could be adversely affected by gambling (e.g. debt; relationship problems; mental health issues; stress; health problems; poor performance at work/study; involvement in crime; domestic violence; housing instability and homelessness).

We would like to invite organisations who support new and recent migrants to a focus group to discuss whether new migrants are a group affected by gambling-related harm and to explore what support is available if they are affected.

The workshop will be held on Monday 25th June 2018 from 1pm to 4pm, in the Kramer Room at Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AD; lunch will be provided.  The workshop will be audio-recorded and notes will be taken of what is said.

As a thank you for taking part, workshop participants will be offered a £75 gift voucher or donation to a charitable body and reasonable travel expenses (up to £15).

If you are unable to attend the workshop, you can share your views and experiences of supporting new or recent migrants affected by gambling via our online survey:

https://kings.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/gambling_within_migrant_communities.

This study is being carried out by researchers from the Social Care Workforce Research Unit at King’s College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The study has received ethical approval from King’s College London (Ref: MR/17/18-335) and all data collected would be treated as strictly confidential and reported anonymously.

We anticipate that our findings will improve knowledge about the demand for gambling support services and how gambling support services can accommodate the needs of new or recent migrants. Findings will be reported in the press, journal articles and at conferences and university seminars.

Please contact Dr Stephanie Bramley ([email protected]) for more information, or with any questions, and to book your place at the focus group. 

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