GamCare’s Youth Programme: 100,000 Empowered
In an achievement for GamCare’s Youth Programme, this month marked the participation of the 100,000th young person in one of its training sessions. Launched in April 2020, the programme is a collaborative effort with regional partners such as Aquarius, Ara, Beacon, and NECA. These sessions aim to equip educators, youth workers, and other professionals with the tools to guide young individuals in making informed decisions about gambling.
The Evolution of GamCare’s Youth Programme
The success of the Youth Programme lies in its commitment to preventing gambling-related harm among the youth in the UK. Conducted as part of the Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme, a collaboration between GamCare and Ygam, these workshops are instrumental in disseminating accurate information about gambling and its potential consequences.
Tackling Gambling Issues Among Young People
Recent statistics reveal that 0.9% of young people are engaged in problematic gambling, with an additional 2.4% at risk. GamCare’s workshops address these issues by shedding light on the negative impact of gambling on individuals and families. The programme emphasizes developing an understanding of how gambling operators use advertising and encourages critical thinking when exposed to such promotions.
Key Workshop Themes
Common themes covered in GamCare’s workshops include outlining the negative impact that gambling can have on individuals and families; developing an understanding of how gambling operators use advertising and encouraging critical thinking when exposed to such promotions; and raising awareness of the support services available.
Training the Influencers
In addition to reaching young individuals, the programme has successfully trained 25,000 professionals, including teachers and youth workers. This ensures that individuals in positions of influence are equipped with the necessary skills to address gambling-related issues in the young people they support.
Testimonials: Impact on Young Minds
One participant from the Southeast expressed, “I found the workshop very informative, and it was delivered in an engaging way which made it interesting. I thought that the woman running it did a very good job at keeping our attention and making it as fun as possible.” Such positive feedback emphasizes the effectiveness of the programme in engaging and educating young minds.
Insights from the Youth Advisory Board
Jacob, a member of GamCare’s Youth Advisory Board, shared valuable insights: “Gambling problems can be difficult to deal with, more difficult if you are a young person. There is a way to tackle these problems and it is very simple: talk about it. Teach if you can, learn if you are able, talking helps us understand.”
Future Directions: Continuing the Mission
As the programme celebrates this milestone, GamCare remains committed to its mission of empowering and educating young people about responsible gambling. The focus is not only on the current impact but also on the lasting effects these workshops can have on shaping a generation that understands the potential risks and makes informed choices.
Acknowledging Achievements: Alexa Roseblade's Perspective
Alexa Roseblade, Head of Youth at GamCare, expressed pride in the programme’s achievements: “We are incredibly proud of the work the Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme has accomplished in raising awareness about the risk and prevalence of gambling for young people. Equipping 100,000 young people with the facts about gambling, supporting them to make informed decisions and giving them the knowledge of where to go if they need help is a significant achievement in our ongoing efforts to keep young people safe.”
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How does GamCare’s Youth Programme contribute to preventing gambling-related harm among young people?
The programme equips educators and professionals with the tools to guide young individuals in making informed decisions about gambling, addressing the reality of gambling problems among the youth.
What are the common themes covered in GamCare’s workshops?
The workshops cover topics such as the negative impact of gambling, understanding how gambling operators use advertising, and promoting critical thinking when exposed to such promotions.
How many professionals have been trained as part of the programme?
To date, 25,000 professionals, including teachers and youth workers, have been successfully trained to address gambling-related issues in the young people they support.
What role does the Youth Advisory Board play in the programme?
Members of the Youth Advisory Board, such as Jacob, provide valuable insights and emphasize the importance of communication in tackling gambling problems among young people.
How does GamCare ensure the workshops are engaging for young participants?
Positive testimonials highlight the engaging delivery of the workshops, ensuring that young individuals find the sessions informative and enjoyable.
What is the significance of reaching the 100,000th young person milestone?
Reaching the 100,000th participant is a significant milestone that underscores the programme’s success in reaching and educating a substantial number of young minds.
What is the focus of GamCare moving forward?
GamCare remains committed to its mission of empowering and educating young people about responsible gambling, ensuring a lasting impact on shaping a generation that understands the potential risks.
How can young people access support services after attending the workshops?
The workshops raise awareness of support services available, providing young individuals with the knowledge of where to go if they need help.
What are the key statistics regarding young people and problematic gambling?
Recent statistics reveal that 0.9% of young people are engaged in problematic gambling, with an additional 2.4% at risk.
How can professionals benefit from the training provided by GamCare’s Youth Programme?
The training equips professionals with the necessary skills to address gambling-related issues in the young people they support, contributing to a safer environment.