Community Action for Responsible Gaming

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Stratford
Milton Keynes
Northampton
Newcastle

About

Aspers have established Community Action for Responsible Gaming (CARG) in each of the communities in which we operate. The CARG initiative is unique to Great Britain and is based on similar schemes in Australia and New Zealand.

CARG is chaired by Graham White O.B.E who served the Gaming Board for Great Britain / Gambling Commission as Chief Inspector. He has recently retired having served his statutory 10 years as the founding Chairman of the Jersey Gambling Commission. He is currently the Chairman of the European Association for Study of Gambling (see www.easg.org).

CARG seeks to constructively address problem gambling issues in the community. It is a voluntary, not for profit group, a working partnership between local community based interest groups, designed to facilitate discussion, increasing knowledge and reduce the risks of problem gambling.

CARG involves a range of organisations, including local churches, the Police, GamCare, local authorities, community representatives and Town Centre Managers alongside Aspers management and other interested stakeholders such as probation officers, counsellors from marriage guidance organisations, debt counsellors, youth leaders and public health practitioners.

CARG’s primary functions are to:

  • Provide a forum for discussion of issues relating to responsible gambling.
  • Create awareness and a programme of education in order to assist those in the community who are affected by gambling.
  • Assist local groups active in the field more effectively.
  • Identify gambling trends in the community and if necessary take appropriate action.