YGAM And UNISON Team Up For Gaming Harms Education

Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) has collaborated with UNISON, the UK’s biggest trade union, to provide in-depth gaming and gaming-related harms instruction.

Through the collaboration, YGAM will provide free certified seminars and services to everyone who works with or cares about young people , providing the appropriate tools to protect young people from the possible risks associated with gambling and gambling harm.

Participants will benefit from lesson plans, exercises and training to recognise signs of problem gambling, as well as information about where to advise and help

Teresa Donegan, Head of Learning and Organising at UNISON, reflected on the partnership: “We are really pleased to have developed this relationship with YGAM, their training and resources are really excellent and will be an invaluable resource to our members to support them in their work with young people across public services whether it be in youth, community or social services or in the further or higher education sector.”

The workshops are part of the £ 10 million National Gambling Education Program which was launched earlier this year, sponsored by members of the Betting & Gaming Council.

All training sessions have been assessed externally, and the principal awarding bodies, City & Guilds, and ASDAN are assured.

Stevie Milward, a National Training and Workforce Development Officer at UNISON, had recently attended one of the seminars and said: “Many parents won’t realise what their children are being subjected to on a regular basis and it is great to be able to have the ability to work with those practitioners that deal with children and young people (and their parents in some instances) on a daily basis, in their work, so that they can pass on the education they receive from the training to help keep those young people safer.”

UNISON has over 1,3 million members and originally arranged multiple national workshops for YGAM, aiming to follow up with a host of regional training around the country through UNISON regional education teams.

Kev Clelland, YGAM’s director of operations, concluded: “We are delighted to be working with UNISON. We are constantly listening to the needs of practitioners and young people and it is very clear from these conversations that the workers that UNISON represents need and appreciate our resources more than ever.

“YGAM’s vision is for all young and vulnerable people to be safe from gaming and gambling related harms and this collaboration will help us reach thousands of young people to raise awareness of the potential risks of gambling and gaming related harm.”