Young Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM)

A new UK-Registered Charity with a social purpose to ‘inform, educate and safeguard young people against problem gambling and social gaming

YGAM is the UKs only registered charity focused 100% on gambling-harm prevention in the UK, and we are running FREE train the trainer workshops in Leeds between now and December. A complimentary lunch and free training booklet are also included.   This is a one-day informative workshop, available to anyone who works with young people, around the potential safeguarding risks that arise from gambling or social gaming for young people. YGAM, with their partners have developed the UK’s first PSHE Association quality kite-marked and ASDAN-accredited gambling education awareness resources, which will be available to you both digitally and in print format upon completion of the training.  

Description The UK gambling industry has changed significantly over the last decade. Advances in new technology and the changing nature of our high streets have impacted on the access to and advertising of gambling services in the UK. With betting shops now on every High Street, casinos open 24/7 in most cities, mobile gaming and a tech-savvy generation of young people and a massive rise in advertising, gambling is far more accessible than it has ever been. Now, many more young people are participating in gambling or social gaming than ever before – and the statistics show that they are particularly at risk. Research by Leeds Beckett University, commissioned by Leeds Council, found that more than 10,000 people in the city could be addicted, and a further 30,000 people could also be at risk of harm from gambling. This obviously isn't just a problem in Leeds though with the government estimating that there are at least 400,000 problem gamblers in the country. YGAM welcomed recent moves by the World Health Organisation to recognise gaming addiction as a mental health condition but we believe it is important to educate young people, helping them make informed decisions around gambling and gaming; just as we educate young people about safe sex and responsible drinking.  

Outcomes The aim of this workshop is to: 1. increase your knowledge & understanding of gambling & gaming-related harm in the UK 2. introduce you to, use and familiarise yourself with the YGAM programme, curriculum and resources 3. provide you with immediate resources to deliver workshops to your students and young people and how YGAM can support going forward. 4. gain access to free YGAM resources via website/free training resource booklet  

Programme of activities for the workshop: • Attitudes to gambling & social gaming: Understanding of gambling; why people choose to gamble; stereotypes of gambling and potential associated stigma with problem gambling. • The secret addiction: Mental health & gambling. Baseline testing & measuring student progression. • Facts & information: Help sheets/infographics for teachers. • YGAM Curriculum: YGAM curriculum, certification, student skills development, student progression and quality assurance. Exercises around building a lesson plan and school campaign • YGAM Programme: YGAM programme; its structure, content & learning outcomes. Explore teacher’s attitudes to gambling & dealing with student questions.  

Booking Information You can book a workshop by visiting http://www.ygam.org/train-the-trainer-workshops