GambleAware has released ‘calls for proposals’ for two research programmes to build evidence of the lived experience of gambling harms amongst diverse and marginalised communities, with a specific focus on women and minority communities, each with an investment of £250,000.
The charity noted that in Great Britain there is limited research available on gambling and the lived experience of minority communities and women. Its existing evidence suggests gambling harm burdens are higher amongst minority ethnic communities and that these communities are less likely to access specialist gambling services compared with white communities.
GambleAware added that further evidence indicates participation in gambling and the rate of women who experience gambling disorder is increasing more quickly than amongst men, but said ‘the reasons for this are unclear’.
Women and people from minority communities are also more likely to be an ‘affected other’ – someone who reports being negatively affected by someone else’s gambling behaviour.
“GambleAware is now seeking bids from consortia and multidisciplinary teams that may include research agencies and/or academics and institutions; and it anticipates that the winning bids will take a mixed-methods, multidisciplinary and multi-sector approach to achieve the aims of the research programmes,” the charity said in a statement.
New evidence gathered from this research will be used to inform GambleAware’s commissioning practices, ensuring that commissioned services and interventions are accessible and tailored to the needs of women and prevent and reduce the high burden of gambling harms among minority communities.
The charity will be holding engagement events on both projects for those wishing to submit proposals, where there will be an opportunity to ask questions and FAQs will be published on its website.
Its Women and gambling research programme will take place on May 5, while its minority communities and gambling research programmes will take place on May 12.
The closing date for both submissions is June 7, and interested parties should email [email protected]