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GamCare has joined efforts with Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM), to introduce an educational and support programme to Northern Ireland.

Raise awareness of gambling

Prevention programme gambling-related harms, groundbreaking YGAM initiative widely supported by gambling industry members Betting and Gaming Council (BGC)includes evidence-based workshops and resources for teachers, staff and young people to raise awareness of the problems that gambling can cause, and help prevent gambling-related harm.

The programme, which has already been implemented across England i Wales, will now be introduced into Northern Ireland with a mission to protect future generations from gambling and gaming-related harm, which has been welcomed by Robbie Butler MLA, chairman of the department damages related to z gambling at Stormont, who campaigned for new legislation to address the problem.

"I welcome this initiative on social gaming and digital resilience by the Youth Work Alliance. When APG launched an inquiry into how new legislation could reduce gambling-related harm, we made it clear that prevention is better than cure."

Robbie Butler MLA, Chair, Gambling-related harm, Stormont

Training and resources

Youth Work Alliance based in Belfast seeks to provide, in partnership with YGAM, evidence-based training for teachers and youth workers, as well as access to training resources, including full lesson plans for primary and secondary age children and resources for working with children. young people.

"The stronger gambling laws we hope for in Northern Ireland need to be backed up by better education to stop the harm before it happens. It is therefore extremely encouraging that the Youth Work Alliance is working with YGAM and GamCare to educate and support our young people."

Robbie Butler MLA, Chair, Gambling-related harm, Stormont

YGAM was founded in 2014 by Lee Willows, based on the personal experience with gambling-related harm that founders Anne and Keith Evans had. Speaking of expanding the initiative to Northern Ireland, Willows said:

"Having seen first-hand the impact our work has had in places where we have already implemented the National Gambling Education Programme in partnership with GamCare, I am delighted that we can now, with the support of the Youth Work Alliance, begin to deliver the programme in Northern Ireland."

Lee Willows, founder and CEO of YGAM

GamCare President Anna Hemmings noted that the extension of the programme to Northern Ireland is a great step forward, stressing that the challenges faced by young people dealing with gambling-related harm are the same wherever they live.

"The Young People's Gambling Harm Prevention Programme will give young people in Northern Ireland the opportunity to explore how gambling can affect them in a safe and trusted environment, giving them the tools to make good decisions."

Anna Hemmings, CEO of GamCare

Commitment GamCare in combating gambling-related harm was at the heart of one of its most recent initiatives . W November , in cooperation with LAB , City University i Ignition House , the charity has launched a new study into online gambling loopholes.

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