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Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme Exceeds Targets

The gambling charities YGAM and GamCare have announced that they have exceeded their first-year targets for the joint Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme, despite being hampered by the coronavirus pandemic.

The four-year national program, which is supported by the Betting and Gaming Council and is the largest of its kind, is seeking to provide evidence-led education, training and support, to youth in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and collaborate with similar organizations in Scotland.

In 2020, the program trained 2,906 practitioners, more than the target of 2,592. Those practitioners have reached 184,700 young people in education sessions about gambling, up from the target of 170,300.

Furthermore, GamCare has trained 4,185 professionals who work with young people and provided workshops to 3,947 youths. With two months remaining of their first year of operation, GamCare has exceeded its training target by close to 3,000 people.

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Due to the pandemic, both YGAM and GamCare have increased their digital resources in order to deliver their workshops online. The resources are available to all who work with young people, including teachers and youth workers.

Lee Willows YGAM Founder and Chief Executive

I am extremely proud of the enormous success we have already seen from the programme. 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.

Lee WillowsYGAM Founder and Chief Executive

Thanks to its role in the program, YGAM has been shortlisted for an award in the PSHE Education category at the Children & Young People Now Awards 2020. By 2024, YGAM and GamCare have set a target of working with at least 13,492 practitioners and partner organizations with the aim of delivering workshops to millions of people aged 11-19 at least once during secondary or further education.

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