Four awards have been given to the Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) for its national education programmes on gambling-related risk.
YGAM’s Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme, which was conducted in partnership with GamCare and with funding from the Betting and Gaming Council, offered guidance and services to teachers and youth staff (BGC).
PSHE Education Award
At the virtual Children & Young People Now Awards ceremony, presented by Alan Dedicoat, the charity received the PSHE Education Award.
This award honours organisations that “provide outstanding resources to educators for PSHE education, delivering materials and lesson plans that align cohesively with current national curriculum requirements.’
Linda Scolllins Smith, Head of the National Programme at YGAM said: “Our dedicated Education Team are absolutely delighted to receive this award in recognition of our PSHE Resources.
“We, as qualified teachers, wanted to ensure our resources were practical and easy to use for teaching staff and enjoyable for children and young people whilst addressing difficult topics such as mental health and addiction.
“As part of the Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme, we have been able to roll out these resources to teachers in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. We receive consistently positive feedback from teachers and PSHE leads who say our purposeful resources allow them to address these topics meaningfully with the children they work with.”
In addition to the PSHE Education Award, YGAM was awarded the Silver Awards for ‘Best Communications during COVID-19′, in collaboration with concept firm partner Me&You Creative and ‘Best use of Digital for Education.’ For its ‘Best use of Digital for a Charity,’ it gained a bronze.
Amy Bussey, YGAM’s Yorkshire & Humber Education Manager, added: “We are so honoured to receive this award and hope that it gives us a platform to reach even more young people.
“It’s fantastic to get this acknowledgement and such a wonderful reward for the hard work that the team have put into our Education Programme. I hope we can continue to work with youth facing professionals to inform, educate and safeguard our young people on such important topics.”
The awards come on the heels of the announcement that YGAM and GamCare have exceeded their first-year goals for the Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention initiative, educating 2,906 professionals by 2020, which will offer educational services to 184,700 young people.