We recently welcomed stakeholders and alumni to the official opening of the permanent home of the Gordon Moody women’s residential treatment centre in Wolverhampton. The new centre, which is a world first, was officially opened by the City of Wolverhampton Mayor, Dr. Michael Hardacre.
Capacity for this unique service has increased by 60% with the move into the new location and this allows us to help even more women reclaim and rebuild their lives free from gambling addiction.
Previous service users impressed by new facilities
During the opening events, previous service users from the pilot women’s treatment programme checked out the new site.
“I am so happy I got be part of the opening day, Gordon Moody helped to change my life so much and seeing the new centre makes me so excited for future residents. It is somewhere safe and comfortable to start their recovery. Gordon Moody has done amazing with the new centre, it’s an absolutely beautiful space.”
“It was an amazing day spent with old and new alumni and staff. The new centre is above and beyond what I imagined. Gordon Moody has got it spot on. All the time, thought, and effort that has gone into it has been worth it. Many more people will be able to get the help and support that this safe house offers.”
Unique gambling issues faced by women
Women face unique issues around addictive gambling. According to research carried out by GambleAware in 2022, there was a 54% increase in the number of women gambling online between 2017 and 2021, compared to 28% of men. Studies suggest that women tend to start gambling at a later age but those seeking treatment progress into disorder more quickly than men.
Figures from the National Gambling Support Network show the number of women seeking support from the service has more than doubled in the past five years.
Women’s treatment services
Each women attending the programme at Wolverhampton will have their own bedroom and ensuite facilities. There are therapy rooms, an art therapy area, and outdoor space which provides a safe and supportive environment during the women’s stay.
The six-week residential programme involves one-to-one sessions with a therapist to address the women’s relationship with gambling but also provides support to deal with trauma and mental health. It is followed by a robust eight-week virtual aftercare programme and continuous support for up to a year through our wrap-around services.
GORDON MOODY ARE THE UK’S LEADING CHARITY DEDICATED TO PROVIDING SUPPORT AND TREATMENT FOR GAMBLING ADDICTION. WE HELP PEOPLE RECLAIM AND REBUILD THEIR LIVES THROUGH RECOVERY IN A SAFE, SUPPORTED ENVIRONMENT.