We recently hosted a current affairs crew at our Dudley treatment centre as they filmed with current service users and staff for an upcoming primetime national current affairs show about gambling.
It was a grey and foggy day when the crew arrived on site so they had to get creative with their lighting rigs and ended up setting up some lights externally to add to the mood lighting inside.
The crew were filming one of the weekly group therapy sessions with our Dudley therapy team. The service users all agreed to take part, appear on camera, and help break down the stigma of reaching out for help with a gambling addiction.
The main presenter of the programme also visited with the crew and they filmed a session where he interviewed the service users and they openly discussed their individual journey to Gordon Moody and how their life has been changed by reaching out for support and taking the step to move into our residential treatment programme.
PIECE TO CAMERA
The presenter also filmed a number of pieces to camera and everyone on site got an inside view of the difficulties of having to walk and talk to camera whilst trying to avoid the house cats, exercise equipment, wires, rigging, and slippery paving stones!
THE OTHER SIDE OF RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT
Along with the therapeutic side of our treatment, service users also need relaxation time and the team filmed some creative writing and also managed to catch some shots of the all important games room, where they can play pool, table tennis, darts, and spend time reading and watching films.
Whilst the service users are in our centre, it is their home-from-home for 14 weeks. It is very important that they are able to take part in activities to help them relax and unwind after their therapy sessions and creative sessions, like creative writing and art therapy, are important parts our of therapeutic programme.
THANKS TO THE CREW
We thank to the crew for their sensitivity and care whilst filming inside a working treatment centre and also thank all our staff and service users who made the filming possible.
SEE US ON YOUR TV
The current affairs programme is an important step in raising awareness of gambling addiction on a national level and to show the support available across the sector. Transmission is due in March 2023 and we will keep you informed of the finalised date.