<![CDATA[Pressat Main Newswire]]> https://pressat.co.uk/ https://pressat.co.uk/media/site/logo.png https://pressat.co.uk/category/charities-non-profits/ en-gb Copyright: (C) Pressat Pressat <![CDATA[ New integrated gambling support services launches in Leeds ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/new-integrated-gambling-support-services-launches-in-leeds-1f43a925451c4a735572075942209583 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/new-integrated-gambling-support-services-launches-in-leeds-1f43a925451c4a735572075942209583 Wednesday 18 September, 2019

A new, fully integrated support service for people with gambling problems is launching in Leeds.


The Leeds Community Gambling Service is the first gambling support service of its kind and involves an ambitious collaboration between leading gambling support charity GamCare, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT) and Leeds City Council.


The new integrated service in Leeds is being funded by national charity GambleAware, and will form part of the wider NHS Northern Gambling Service funded by NHS England.


The NHS Northern Gambling Service will provide care for those with severe addictions, and provide treatment and support for people with additional and complex mental health conditions, impaired social functioning, and those who may present with more risk - such as a risk of suicide. Services will also support family and friends who have been impacted by gambling harms.


In Leeds local residents will benefit from additional prevention, education and treatment for gambling harm provided by GamCare. They will deliver training, outreach and prevention work across the Leeds area to ensure that other local services are aware of how gambling problems may impact their clients, as well as how they can seamlessly refer into dedicated support services. Training will also benefit local primary care and local authority staff in identifying people in need of help and support at all stages – be it before entering treatment, during or after.


GamCare and LYPFT have taken a unified approach to make sure people across the whole spectrum of need are able to access the necessary help and support quickly and easily. The variety of services available will also provide organisations with much-needed insight to help continuously improve treatment for gambling problems elsewhere across the UK.


Marc Etches, Chief Executive of GambleAware says:


“Our aim is to prevent people getting into problems with their gambling, all the while making sure that those who do develop problems receive fast and effective treatment and support. We are delighted to be commissioning this new integrated service, delivered by Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with GamCare. These new services will play a vital role in making sure those with more serious and complex needs linked to gambling, will have quick access to free, fast and effective treatment, wherever they may be. We very much look forward to seeing this clinic open and we would welcome the opportunity to potentially replicate this approach in other areas of the UK in the future”


Anna Hemmings, CEO at GamCare, says:


“A wide range of needs arise from gambling-related harms, which can impact on mental health and wellbeing and often creates a sense of isolation for those affected. The range of services we provide can significantly improve quality of life and reduce the adverse impacts of gambling.


For those affected by disordered gambling, our treatment services can offer valuable support and we’d encourage people to get in touch as early as possible, not to let problems build up and get to crisis point.


GamCare is delighted to work in partnership with the NHS to deliver these services so that we can collectively have greater impact and reduce the harms caused through gambling.”


Matt Gaskell, Consultant Psychologist & Clinical Lead for Addictions, Leeds and York Partnership Foundation NHS Trusts, says:


“Through my work in mental health and addictions treatment over the years I’ve seen the harms that problem gambling can inflict on people. I’m proud to be involved in this much needed service. It is vital that we work together to provide a range of accessible and effective services to reduce these harms.


Our services in Leeds and across the North of England will provide specialist addiction support and treatment to people affected by gambling addiction or disorder, as well as those with more complex mental health problems such as depression and suicidal feelings.”


Local GamCare treatment partner NECA and Leeds City Council championed and showed strong leadership and enthusiasm for the new treatment service to be housed in the city. This interest, plus the commitment to work collaboratively with the NHS and voluntary sectors to deliver support, raise awareness and develop more referral routes into treatment, heavily influenced the decision to host the service in the area.


Councillor Debra Coupar, Leeds City Council Deputy Leader and executive member for communities, says:


“Research shows that 10,000 people in Leeds are affected by problem gambling. We know that problem gambling is now a public health issue which can damage people’s lives, significantly affect their health and have a huge impact on families, loved ones, and communities.


“Leeds prides itself on being a compassionate city. As a council we recognise the importance of taking a partnership approach to developing services which support vulnerable people and improve the health of the poorest the fastest. These innovative gambling support services are an important step forward in providing the education, training and support which is so desperately needed.”


Leeds was selected as a suitable central hub location for gambling support services across the North of England as it will complement the existing GambleAware funded NHS National Gambling Treatment Service in London.


To find help and support across Leeds now, visit www.gamcare.org.uk/leeds, or call the National Gambling HelpLine on Freephone 0808 80 20 133.



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Contact:
Catherine Sweetcatherine.sweet@gamcare.org.uk020 7801 7028


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About GambleAware:


GambleAware is an independent charity (Charity No. England & Wales 1093910, Scotland SC049433) that champions a public health approach to preventing gambling harms – see http://about.gambleaware.org/
GambleAware is a commissioner of integrated prevention, education and treatment services on a national scale, with over £40 million of grant funding under active management. In partnership with gambling treatment providers, GambleAware has spent several years methodically building structures for commissioning a coherent system of brief intervention and treatment services, with clearly defined care pathways and established referral routes to and from the NHS – a National Gambling Treatment Service.
The National Gambling Treatment Service brings together a National Gambling Helpline and a network of locally-based providers across Great Britain that works with partner agencies and people with lived experience to design and deliver a system, which meets the needs of individuals. This system delivers a range of treatment services, including brief intervention, counselling (delivered either face-to-face or online), residential programmes and psychiatrist-led care.
In the 12 months to 31 March 2019, provisional figures show that the National Gambling Treatment Service treated 10,000 people and this is projected to rise to 24,000 people a year by 2021. Helpline activity is currently running at about 30,000 calls and on-line chats per annum. GambleAware also runs the website BeGambleAware.org which helps 2.7 million visitors a year, and signposts to a wide range of support services.
GambleAware produces public health campaigns including Bet Regret. A Safer Gambling Board, including representatives from Public Health England, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and GambleAware, is responsible for the design and delivery of a campaign based on best practice in public health education. The Bet Regret campaign is being funded through specific, additional donations to the charity, in line with a commitment given to the government by the broadcasting, advertising and gambling industries.See https://about.gambleaware.org/prevention/safer-gambling-campaign/.


About GamCare:


GamCare operates the National Gambling HelpLine on Freephone 0808 8020 133 or via web chat at www.gamcare.org.uk, providing information, advice and support for anyone affected by problem gambling, funded by GambleAware. Currently available 8am – Midnight every day, Advisers will be available 24 hours a day from 1st
October 2019.GamCare also provides a range of free treatment (face to face, online or over the phone) for anyone affected by problem gambling across England, Scotland and Wales, funded by GambleAware, as well as Forum and daily chatrooms so that people can speak to others experiencing similar issues and seek support.GamCare’s organisational strategy is available to download at: www.gamcare.org.uk/publications, along with their latest Annual Review and Statistics.

About Leeds Community Gambling Service:


The Leeds Community Gambling Service offers a range of support which can be provided face-to-face, online or over the phone. The service can support you if you are a gambler, or if you are affected by the gambling behaviour of a family member or friend. All of our services are free of charge and completely confidential.Merrion House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 8LX | 0113 388 6466 | www.gamcare.org.uk/leeds | Mon – Fri: 9.00am - 5.00pmTo contact the service regarding training or outreach, please email Leedscommunitygamblingservice@gamcare.org.uk

More about the NHS Northern Gambling Service


This service is run by Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. It covers theNorth East, North West, Yorkshire and the Humber and counties in the north Midlands. Its first base has opened in Leeds alongside the Leeds Community Gambling Service and there are plans for further bases in Manchester and Sunderland to open in the next six months.


Find out more about the NHS Northern Gambling Service at
www.leedsandyorkpft.nhs.uk/our-services/northern-gambling-service



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18 Sep 2019 07:16:37 GMT
<![CDATA[ Too Sweet: Schools Pushing Too Much Sugar at Children According to a Charity Survey ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/too-sweet-schools-pushing-too-much-sugar-at-children-according-to-a-charity-survey-a6a31c0de9dffcd19991ba35d6d85086 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/too-sweet-schools-pushing-too-much-sugar-at-children-according-to-a-charity-survey-a6a31c0de9dffcd19991ba35d6d85086 Tuesday 17 September, 2019

LONDON (September 17, 2019) - A new survey conducted by the charity, Rewards Project, has found that schools are offering too much sugar to children.


Four hundred and eighty-seven (487) schools and nurseries from across the UK participated in the survey which found that 66% of breakfast clubs drinks have added sugar, 94% of schools offer desserts with added sugar and 84% of schools with a tuck shop sold snacks with added sugar.


According to the NHS most children and adults in the UK eat too much free sugars which are linked to weight gain and tooth decay. Free sugars are defined as any sugars added to food or drinks like biscuits, chocolate, fizzy drinks and flavoured yoghurts. They also include naturally occurring sugars like honey, nectar and unsweetened fruit and vegetable juices. Sadly, these are same sugars served to children at school during breakfast clubs and as desserts at lunch time.


Practicing Dentist, James Goolnik, is the Founder of Rewards Project. Explaining the motivation for conducting the survey, he said: “As a parent of three children, I was fed up of fending off the sugar pushed to them at school. Sugar laden cereals, desserts every day and chocolate bars when they do well in tests. We carried out the survey of schools to see how bad the problem was. We found our children come into contact with sugar every day at school, often exceeding their maximum daily allowance before lunch.”


Probably the most alarming statistics gleaned from the survey are the ones showing that one-third of schools offer sugary snacks after a sports match, 48% of schools allow children to bring in cakes and sweets to celebrate birthdays, schools on average organize cake sales twice per term and 10% of schools reward children with food or sugar when they do well or complete a good piece of work.


The school environment has been shown to influence children’s food choices; however, using food as a reward when children are not hungry can trigger a habit that could last a lifetime according to an article published in Preventative Medicine. Although rewards are a good way to encourage positive behaviour, there are much sweeter rewards than sugar. Rewards Project recommends other alternatives such as certificates, post it notes, fun quizzes and puzzles, field trips cinema tickets, books, trophies and stationery.


For further information about Rewards Project or to take the sugar quiz, visit: https://rewardsproject.org. For full details and infographic (click https://rewardsproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Infographic-1.jpg)


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Media contact: James Goolnik


Email: james@rewardsproject.org


Rewards Project is a charity spearheading change in how children are rewarded for good behaviour and performance, both at school and at home. Today’s rewards culture is often based on sugar laden foods and is endemic both in the classroom - and at home. And now real help is on hand to guide you through the transition.


At Rewards Project our dentists, doctors, nutritionists and psychologists are working collaboratively with schools, parents and organisations to transform how we use sugar-based foods and drinks to reward children. Scientific research shows that children today are regularly bombarded with sweet derived products – and this is proven to negatively impact on children’s health and behaviour, both in school and at home.



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17 Sep 2019 10:13:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Lack of money will stymie government fuel poverty review ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/lack-of-money-will-stymie-government-fuel-poverty-review-9195ca82bdd00a2d91449d0233c8a982 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/lack-of-money-will-stymie-government-fuel-poverty-review-9195ca82bdd00a2d91449d0233c8a982 Tuesday 17 September, 2019

A lack of funding to tackle statutory targets on fuel poverty in England could have damaging long term consequences, according to the End Fuel Poverty Coalition.


The Coalition's response to the Government's Fuel Poverty Strategy Review broadly welcomes the consultation, but warns there are major areas which need improvement.


Fuel poverty means that a household is forced below the poverty line as a result of the cost of using energy in their home. Using the current measurement, at least 2.53m households are in fuel poverty in England alone.


The Strategy review proposes widening this definition to include all low income households living in cold homes (the ‘Low Income, Low Energy Efficiency’ indictor). The government believes this will better incentivise energy efficiency. This increases the number of fuel poor households in England from 2.55 million to 3.66 million: an increase of 44%.


The Coalition's response argues that the most crucial action that Government can take is to support proposals for a new ‘Clean Growth Fuel Poverty Challenge Fund.’ This would help the poorest households living in the worst F and G-rated homes, mainly in hard to heat homes.


The Coalition's detailed response to the Strategy Review also calls for additional improvements, to create a longer term framework for energy efficiency. These include:


Better regulation of the private sectorMake the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Scheme more accessible to those in greatest needIntroduce more locally led, area-based schemes to improve energy efficiency, backed up by a national “safety net”Ensure all improvements are of the highest and safest qualityExamine new financial measures to improve energy efficiency across the wider housing stock such as stamp duty reforms, zero interest loans, etc.

Dr Brenda Boardman, Emeritus Fellow at Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute, and one of the core authors of the Coalition’s response, commented:


"Fuel poverty policy has been in the doldrums for several months, so that this consultation is welcome evidence that the Government wants to revive policy.

"There is recognition of the crucial importance of energy efficiency improvements, but no statements yet of appropriate funds. And yet there needs to be prompt, positive action to upgrade all the fuel poor in F and G-rated properties in the next 15 months, as promised.

"The growing emphasis on regulation, for instance of the privately rented sector, is encouraging, but still depends on enforcement to be effective. We believe this is a great opportunity for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to be strong and really champion the fuel poor."


Peter Smith, Director of Policy and Research at National Energy Action (NEA), said:


"Without more ambitious action 160,000 fuel-poor households could still be living in the least efficient homes by 2020, with the Government way off-track towards meeting its 2030 statutory target. As well as the devastating impacts cold homes have on their occupants, the delayed cost of inaction extend to all of us.

"Addressing fuel poverty is a crucial part of meeting the new stretching carbon targets. Without a big improvement in current efforts, the government will not meet its climate change targets. Poorer households will benefit the least from energy policies, whilst paying a higher share of the costs, despite making lower contributions to our overall emissions.

"But it doesn’t have to be this way. Ending fuel poverty is in our grasp through a National Energy Efficiency Programme, fully funded support for those in fuel poverty and reform of the private rented sector."


A full copy of the End Fuel Poverty Coalition response is available online.


You can follow the Coalition on Twitter @EndFuelPoverty.



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17 Sep 2019 07:05:01 GMT
<![CDATA[ PLAYBOY CLUB LONDON ASSURES PAMELA ANDERSON AND PETA THAT FOIE GRAS IS OFF THE MENU ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/playboy-club-london-assures-pamela-anderson-and-peta-that-foie-gras-is-off-the-menu-245f2aceb3b865c0c6877829599813c7 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/playboy-club-london-assures-pamela-anderson-and-peta-that-foie-gras-is-off-the-menu-245f2aceb3b865c0c6877829599813c7 Friday 13 September, 2019

Victory: Venue Bans Cruelly Produced Dish After Urging From Iconic Playmate and Honorary PETA US Director


London – Last week, 14-time Playboy cover star Pamela Anderson sent a letter to the Playboy Club London asking it to remove foie gras from its menu – and in response, the venue confirmed that the dish had already been removed and pledged never to serve it again.


"I'm part of Playboy's family – and, I like to think, and as Hugh Hefner always told me, its DNA. I adore the brand's playfulness and luxury but was confused – and disappointed – to learn that the Playboy Club London is serving foie gras," wrote Anderson in her letter to the club.


"There's nothing sexy about foie gras – which means 'fatty liver.' In fact, it's downright vile," she continued. "Selling this abhorrent pâté is not in keeping with the Playboy brand I know and love, and I hope you'll remove it from the menu right away."


To produce foie gras, ducks and geese are force-fed several times a day until their livers become diseased and swell to up to 10 times their normal size. By the end of their lives, many birds have trouble breathing because their enlarged livers compress their lungs. PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to eat or abuse in any other way" – has released exposés of foie gras farms that show sick, dead, and dying birds, some of whom had holes in their necks from being impaled by the feeding pipes. Foie gras production is so inhumane that it would be illegal in the UK and more than a dozen other countries.


Anderson is part of a long list of celebrities – including Ralph Fiennes, Ricky Gervais, Dame Vera Lynn, Kate Winslet, Twiggy, and the late Sir Roger Moore – who have joined PETA in speaking out against foie gras.


PETA opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview that fosters violence towards other animals. Anderson's letter is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.





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13 Sep 2019 16:15:01 GMT
<![CDATA[ “A country where Youth Leads” - Youth charity Xplode Rebrands ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/a-country-where-youth-leads-youth-charity-xplode-rebrands-42d677191b472c5209d47c30bad68362 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/a-country-where-youth-leads-youth-charity-xplode-rebrands-42d677191b472c5209d47c30bad68362 Friday 13 September, 2019

Popular youth charity Xplode Magazine has rebranded to Youth Leads marking a change of focus for the organisation that was established by a group of 15 year olds in 2011.


The charity’s young volunteers, trustees and supporters came up with the new name and the new visual identity was designed by branding agency, Think EQ.


The rebrand comes as the organisation celebrates upskilling 5,000 young people and offering 300 volunteering opportunities.


Future plans include the development of a national programme encouraging and supporting young people into trustee and school governor positions as well as events to recognise the efforts of young people serving their communities.


Saimah Malji, Chair of Youth Leads said:


“We’re really excited about the next chapter! We wanted a brand that says more about what we’re here to do. We have a vision of a country where youth leads and our new programmes, brand and focus will provide a real step-change in what we do.”


Saeed Atcha MBE DL, Youth Leads CEO said:


“When I set up Xplode as a 15 year old, I never expected us to still be around now! We were just a magazine when we started but now we do a lot more to get young people better skilled, empowered by their potential and influencing change in their communities.”


Drshna Vara, CEO at Think EQ said:


"Working on the Youth Leads brand was fantastic. We held a number of workshops and our teams were able to understand the organisation and help create a brand which not only connects to its young audience, but also works across all other platforms whilst maintaining its current heritage.


We are looking forward to the future growth of Youth Leads and seeing where the new brand takes them."


Youth Leads will publish Xplode Magazine four times per-year in schools, colleges, youth centres, Starbucks and ASDA stores in Greater Manchester alongside its programmes for volunteer and skills development.



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13 Sep 2019 07:05:02 GMT
<![CDATA[ New Public Access Defibrillator - Alderbook, Crowborough ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/new-public-access-defibrillator-alderbook-crowborough-21843465f74f9eb5d9865d33dece14b5 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/new-public-access-defibrillator-alderbook-crowborough-21843465f74f9eb5d9865d33dece14b5 Thursday 12 September, 2019

The Alderbrook Community Association, Crowborough have worked with Wealden District Council Housing and Property Services and Crowborough Community First Responders to provide an emergency defibrillator unit for the Alderbrook estate. The Association successfully applied to the WDC Housing and Property Services Community & Environmental Budget for funding, with the Crowborough First Responders giving expert advice on the location, installation and specification of the unit. The nearest alternative defibrillator is located too far from the estate to have been used in a medical emergency. Thanks to everyone involved in this project for their work and time in providing this potentially lifesaving equipment for the local community.


The defibrillator unit is secured with an alarm and keypad lock to ensure that no-one can gain access without good need. If someone is calling 999 for any relevant incident, this will trigger the dispatch system to look for public access defibrillators within a defined area. The South East Coast Ambulance Emergency Operations Centre will then release the code to access the unit. If someone is stood next to the cabinet and calls, then the same applies and the code will be released.



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12 Sep 2019 21:00:14 GMT
<![CDATA[ Tinnitus charity expert comes to Birmingham tinnitus support group ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/tinnitus-charity-expert-comes-to-birmingham-tinnitus-support-group-2a00c0c9aede09a89726d0a172a5dd87 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/tinnitus-charity-expert-comes-to-birmingham-tinnitus-support-group-2a00c0c9aede09a89726d0a172a5dd87 Thursday 12 September, 2019

12 September 2019 An expert from the British Tinnitus Association (BTA) will be speaking at the next meeting of the Birmingham and District tinnitus support group. The meeting will take place 10.30am – 12 noon Tuesday 8 October, at the offices of Irwin Mitchell, Imperial House, 31 Temple Street, Birmingham B2 5DB.


The volunteer led group enables people with tinnitus to meet others with the condition, hear useful tips on coping methods, find out what help is available and hear about the latest research.


Colette Bunker, BTA Volunteer and Support Group Manager will be discussing the latest research looking at ways to manage tinnitus, and talking about the work the BTA does to support those who experience the condition.


Colette comments: “I look forward to coming to Birmingham and speaking with the support group. Being among people who have tinnitus, listening to their experiences and how they manage it, can be inspirational. I feel I learn something every time I attend a group meeting. It is amazing seeing the difference it makes to people, especially those who have recently been diagnosed.”


Tinnitus is defined as the experience of sounds with no external source, most commonly ringing or buzzing, but sometimes experienced as whooshing, clicking or even music. Around one in eight people experience persistent tinnitus. Many people aren’t troubled by sounds they hear, but for around 10%, the condition has a significant impact on their quality of life, often linked to stress, anxiety or sometimes depression.


Colette adds: “Tinnitus can be an isolating condition, and we’re keen to spread the word that there are management techniques which can help a person lead the best life they can, and to reduce the burden of living with this condition.”


If you would like to find out more, please contact Lorna Mills on 0121 352 0671 or Eileen Hewitson on 01384 831032 for more details or email info@tinnitusbham.org.uk


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Editors Notes


The BTA is an independent charity which supports over 1 million people per year who experience tinnitus and advises medical professionals from across the world. It is the primary source of support and information for people with tinnitus in the UK.  The BTA needs to raise £975,000 each year to continue their UK wide support. Donations can be made via Not">www.tinnitus.org.uk/donateNot">... an illness or disease, tinnitus is a term that describes the sensation of hearing a noise in the absence of an external sound. The noise can have virtually any quality. Ringing, whistling, and buzzing are common, but more complex sounds may also be reported.

For more information



Nic Wray, Communications Manager


nic@tinnitus.org.uk


0114 250 9933



Emily Ducker, Volunteering and Engagement Support 0114 250 9933


EmilyD@tinnitus.org.uk


British Tinnitus Association
Ground Floor Unit 5 Acorn Business Park
Woodseats Close
Sheffield, S8 0TB



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12 Sep 2019 13:14:58 GMT
<![CDATA[ Tinnitus charity chief comes to Warwick tinnitus support group ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/tinnitus-charity-chief-comes-to-warwick-tinnitus-support-group-6071ce46ce98e3feb732f528b135b56b https://pressat.co.uk/releases/tinnitus-charity-chief-comes-to-warwick-tinnitus-support-group-6071ce46ce98e3feb732f528b135b56b Thursday 12 September, 2019

12 September 2019 The British Tinnitus Association (BTA) Chief Executive David Stockdale will be talking about the latest developments in tinnitus research at the next meeting of the Warwick tinnitus support group. The meeting will take place at 2.00pm – 4.00pm Friday 18 October, in Room 5, John Turner Building, Warwick Hospital, Lakin Road, Warwick CV34 5BW.


The group, organised by the Audiology Department at Warwick Hospital allows people with tinnitus to come together in a friendly environment and share their experiences.


David comments: “I look forward to coming to Gloucester and speaking with the support group and sharing the latest news about tinnitus research and the search for a cure. Being among people who have tinnitus, listening to their experiences and how they manage it, can be inspirational.”


Tinnitus is defined as the experience of sounds with no external source, most commonly ringing or buzzing, but sometimes experienced as whooshing, clicking or even music. Many people aren’t troubled by sounds they hear, but for around 10%, the condition has a significant impact on their quality of life, often linked to stress, anxiety or sometimes depression.


David adds: “Tinnitus can be an isolating condition, and we’re keen to spread the word that there are management techniques which can help a person lead the best life they can, and to reduce the burden of living with this condition.”


If you would like to find out more, please contact the Audiology department 01926 482 668 or visit our website https://www.swft.nhs.uk/our-services/adult-hospital-services/audiology-hearing


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Editors Notes


The BTA is an independent charity which supports over 1 million people per year who experience tinnitus and advises medical professionals from across the world. It is the primary source of support and information for people with tinnitus in the UK.  The BTA needs to raise £975,000 each year to continue their UK wide support. Donations can be made via Not">www.tinnitus.org.uk/donateNot">... an illness or disease, tinnitus is a term that describes the sensation of hearing a noise in the absence of an external sound. The noise can have virtually any quality. Ringing, whistling, and buzzing are common, but more complex sounds may also be reported.

For more information



Nic Wray, Communications Manager


nic@tinnitus.org.uk


0114 250 9933



British Tinnitus Association
Ground Floor Unit 5 Acorn Business Park
Woodseats Close
Sheffield, S8 0TB



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12 Sep 2019 11:44:32 GMT
<![CDATA[ Charity chief comes to Gloucester tinnitus support group ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/charity-chief-comes-to-gloucester-tinnitus-support-group-2990b9aa0a585a27f13c55da5d7ec111 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/charity-chief-comes-to-gloucester-tinnitus-support-group-2990b9aa0a585a27f13c55da5d7ec111 Thursday 12 September, 2019

12 September 2019 The British Tinnitus Association (BTA) Chief Executive David Stockdale will be talking at the next meeting of the Gloucester tinnitus support group. The meeting will take place at 2.00pm – 4.00pm Tuesday 1 October, at Gloucestershire Deaf Association, Colin Road, Gloucester, GL4 3JL.


The group, organised by Gloucestershire Deaf Association allows people with tinnitus to come together in a friendly environment and share their experiences.


David Stockdale, Chief Executive of the BTA will be discussing how to manage tinnitus, and talking about the work the BTA does to support people with the condition as well as talking about the latest research news.


David comments: “I look forward to coming to Gloucester and speaking with the support group. Being among people who have tinnitus, listening to their experiences and how they manage it, can be inspirational. I feel I learn something every time I attend a group meeting. It is amazing seeing the difference it makes to people, especially those who have recently been diagnosed.”


Tinnitus is defined as the experience of sounds with no external source, most commonly ringing or buzzing, but sometimes experienced as whooshing, clicking or even music. Many people aren’t troubled by sounds they hear, but for around 10%, the condition has a significant impact on their quality of life, often linked to stress, anxiety or sometimes depression.


David adds: “Tinnitus can be an isolating condition, and we’re keen to spread the word that there are management techniques which can help a person lead the best life they can, and to reduce the burden of living with this condition.”


If you would like to find out more, please contact the Gloucestershire Deaf Association on 01452 372999 or admin@gda.org.uk


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<![CDATA[ Campaigners hail government plans to ban gambling in games ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/campaigners-hail-government-plans-to-ban-gambling-in-games-0b3459068e40e3bc50d6550daa0dc72a https://pressat.co.uk/releases/campaigners-hail-government-plans-to-ban-gambling-in-games-0b3459068e40e3bc50d6550daa0dc72a Thursday 12 September, 2019

Today MPs have argued that so-called 'loot boxes' in video games for children should be regulated under gambling law and banned from children. 

The feature, which allows players to stake real money for better weapons, player upgrades and gaming add-ons, has been dubbed as simulated gambling by campaigners which is fuelling a hidden epidemic of child gambling addicts.

Research from the GambleAware charity suggests that 55,000 children aged under 18 are addicted to gambling and the Safer Online Gambling Group's survey from August 2019 suggests that loot boxes and in-game purchases are costing Britain over £270m each year.

A report published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport today urges the Government to crack down on these gaming features which MPs call lucrative games of chance. 

Adam Bradford, director of the Safer Online Gambling Group welcomed today's news. He said: "It is high time video games companies took responsibility for the highly addictive content they are putting in front of children. Our research this summer showed that this area is of serious concern to parents, with the average spend per young person estimated at £500-600 per year on these games, these practices are bankrupting young people before they become young adults. After my father's gambling addiction spiralled out of control and led him to jail several years ago, we are passionate about protecting the next generation from the harms of gambling addiction and that is why we have raised the alarm on this issue - we are delighted the Government has seen sense on this important issue." 

The report today challenges the Government to prove why loot boxes should be regarded in a different way to any other gambling product. 

Committee chair Damian Collins MP pointed the finger at game companies and social networking sites for their "relentless battle to capture ever more of people's attention, time and money".




He said: "Their business models are built on this, but it's time for them to be more responsible in dealing with the harms these technologies can cause for some users.




"Loot boxes are particularly lucrative for games companies but come at a high cost, particularly for problem gamblers, while exposing children to potential harm.




"Buying a loot box is playing a game of chance and it is high time the gambling laws caught up.

The report says it "struggled to get clear answers and useful information from companies across the games industry", describing them as "wilfully obtuse", but hopes the inquiry will focus minds on the potential harms.







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