YGAM and GamCare Exceed Targets for Gambling Harm Prevention Programme

YGAM and GamCare Exceed Targets for Gambling Harm Prevention Programme

Think of responsible gaming and responsible gaming charities YGAM and GamCare will be the first to come to mind. This was confirmed by both charities having well-exceeded the first-year targets for the Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme.

The joint initiative is being supported by the Betting and Gaming Council, and has been launched all across England and Wales. It has also expanded support services and educational programmes in Northern Ireland while working closely with Scottish agencies, making sure that every part of the United Kingdom benefits from this splendid programme.

Numbers for YGAM show that the charity trained 2,906 in 2020 alone, well over its initial target of 2,592. However, the buck didn’t stop there. In turn, those practitioners provided educational sessions for 184,700 young people, outdoing their set goal of 170,300, a number which in itself would already have been impressive.

YGAM and GamCare exceed targets for first year

On their part, GamCare has surpassed its training targets by nearly 3,000, having given educational sessions to 3,947 young people and trained 4,185 professionals who work with young people.

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What is more, the charity has also set up a 24/7 national young people’s support information to offer round-the-clock support, information, and advice to young people who might be dealing with gambling addiction or who have family members and close friends struggling with similar problems.

Chief Executive of GamCare Anna Hemmings said, “Both YGAM and GamCare believe passionately that education on the risks associated with gambling and gaming is an essential part of tackling harms for young people and increasing their digital resilience overall. I am particularly proud of the team considering the circumstances in which this has been achieved. The pandemic has proved a huge challenge, yet our teams have continued to deliver great engagement with professionals and young people. We’ve also developed a dedicated support service tailored to the needs of young people.”

“For any young person worried about gambling, the service is free, flexible and confidential, and will ensure that each young person receives the most appropriate support for them. We’ve had overwhelming support from those we’ve trained.”

True to both charities’ ethos of care and responsibility, all the training and sessions happened digitally because of the Covid-19 pandemic. GamCare developed an e-learning platform to offer as part of a blended educational package, and YGAM launched ‘Parent Hub’, where one can find free resources, information and activities for those who want to protect their children from gambling and betting addictions.

Lee Willows, Chief Executive Founder of YGAM, stated that he is extremely proud of how successful the programme was in such a difficult year as was 2020.

“As 2020 unfolded, we saw the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as an invitation to develop YGAM’s digital capacity in all areas of our work. Although this was done as a response to the crisis, the effect has been significantly advantageous for our education programme. The programme is reaching more communities in more regions and this fantastic progress will continue in the following years.

“Now that the delivery is entirely digital, we have removed enormous barriers which may have prevented some individuals and organisations from taking part. The programme is reaching more communities in more regions and this fantastic progress will continue in the following years.”

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Head of the National Education Programme for YGAM reaffirmed this, adding “We are delighted with the progress over the last year. Our success is testament to the excellent team – most of whom began during lockdown – and the relationships we have with our partner schools and organisations.”

“We’ve had overwhelming support from those we’ve trained and we will be working together to ensure children and young people have the support and information needed.”

Both charities are aiming to work with a minimum of 132,432 practitioners and organistations by the end of 2024.

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