Casino stages forum on responsible gaming
A FORUM was held last month, gathering together groups and association from around the county to discuss issues around gaming.
The event was held at Aspers Northampton and saw representatives attending from Northampton Borough Council, Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs, the Samaritans and the Anglican Church.
Community Action for Responsible Gaming (CARG) Northampton brings together a range of organisations, including local churches, the Northamptonshire Chinese Society, the Northampton Borough Council and GamCare, alongside Aspers’ management and other interested stakeholders.
The meetings, which are held four times a year, provide a forum for discussion of issues relating to responsible gaming.
Aspers Northampton’s general manager, David Stratford, said: “We take the issue of responsible gaming incredibly seriously and that is why CARG was established.
“We are really pleased to be working together with other key groups in the community to identify potential risks and provide effective ways both to minimise them and to deal with their consequences.
“Fortunately, the vast majority of the population remain unaffected but we have a duty to provide adequate safeguards and do all we can to avoid individuals getting into difficulties.
“These meetings are a great way to share ideas, discuss issues and help to put together strategic plans across the community to help people.”
Set up by Aspers at each of its casinos, CARG is chaired by Graham White OBE, who served the Gaming Board for Great Britain and the UK Gambling Commission, advising HM Government and other governments worldwide on gaming legislation, inspection and enforcement. He is currently chairman of the Jersey Gambling Commission and a past trustee of the Gordon Moody Association, a charity that treats those affected by gambling on a residential basis.
Pictured above – PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE GAMING: From left, David Stratford (Aspers Northampton general manager), Marianne Carmody Weir (head of Regularity Compliance & Audit Aspers Group), Graham White OBE (CARG chairman), Derrick Simpson (Northampton Town Centre manager at Northampton Borough Council), Dorothy Aslett (Anglican Church Northampton), Jackie (Northampton Samaritans), Chris Cooke-Chambers (Aspers Compliance Risk officer), Zoe Robinson (Northamptonshire Association of Young Clubs), Debbie Green (Compliance auditor) and Mark Dalby (assistant general manager Aspers Northampton).