Annual Report 2016-2017-3

Annual Report 2016/2017

Our beneficiaries & supporters

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What our customers thought

“The changing nature of gambling – particularly the rise of online gambling - means it is more important than ever to ensure that children are aware of the dangers of gambling addiction. With problem gambling on the rise amongst young people, there is a clear need for them to have access to good advice, which can be provided by preventative education.

The work carried out by the Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) is a vital and positive step towards that goal, and their work with local government demonstrates the constructive role that local authorities can play in supporting preventative education for responsible gambling.”

Rt Hon Dame Rosie Winterton DBE
MP for Doncaster Central

House of Commons

“YGAM have created a fantastic range of resources for schools and a superb and a refreshingly professional training day for teachers. I am sure any students and teachers using their resources would not just be more resilient towards problematic gambling and empathetic towards those who might become addicted, but also better able to approach and understand financial risk taking in a variety of settings. The training day itself, like the resources, benefited greatly from the unusual variety of participants - former gamblers, industry insiders and those working with young people who each brought invaluable practical insight to a very complex subject - certainly not a typical INSET day. Their resources reflect the diversity of the expertise that has gone into creating them too, not just providing resources for form time and PSHE lessons, but numerous opportunities to embed work on problem gaming and gambling into academic subjects as well.”

Kevin Olding
Deputy Head of Student Wellbeing,
Dulwich College

Dulwich College

“YGAM have offered several of our students excellent opportunities for both volunteering and for paid employment; providing these individuals with invaluable experience, and raising the profiles of this important new charity and our own institution. Our student population has also benefited from talks and training that YGAM have delivered for us; learning more about the risks associated with gambling and gaming, and the importance of gambling education. As such, our students are more aware of how to reduce their own risks, support their peers and have been empowered by knowing how to seek support if they are themselves experiencing harm.”

Dr John Turner
School of Psychology,
University of East London

University of East London

“The train the trainer workshop was really comprehensive and useful. The team at Barnardos learnt a lot about how gambling and gaming can affect young people and how we can work to implement some of YGAM’s resources to minimise harm to the range of young people we work with. I would thoroughly recommend this training for any professionals or organisations working with young people.”

John Fisher
Volunteer Coordinator,


“YGAM have produced some wonderfully usable resources that can be used across the curriculum, not just in PSHE lessons. I am certain that schools, colleges and universities will appreciate the activities and lesson plans that skilfully weave real, interesting issues into the existing, full curriculum. Personally, I am worried about addiction to gambling and gaming in our young people and it is great to see a charity doing something about it.”

Peter Woodroffe
Deputy Chief Executive,
Independent Schools Association

Independent Schools Association

“We have built a relationship with YGAM for over two-years and I was thrilled when I heard the charity had secured the funding to open a peer education project at Milton Keynes College. Raising awareness among our students of the potential risks of gambling and education around personal budgeting and good mental health is really important. Having worked with YGAM for such a long time, I am looking forward to supporting their progress across our campuses and to giving our students meaningful work placements”

Alexander Balicki Business Engagement Manager, Milton Keynes College

Milton Keynes College

“YGAM delivered a really interesting and thought provoking workshop. Everyone agreed that we would like to move forward with this in the Autumn term and include it as part of our overall wellbeing awareness for students.”

Sue Shillibeer
Bromley College of Further & Higher Education

Bromley College

“Since attending the workshop, I have been singing YGAM’s praises to my colleagues, and there seems to be a significant appetite for the charity to come to the Youth Offending Service and deliver something similar.”

David Simmons
South Wales Police

South Wales Police

“When I set off on the journey all those months ago on a fishing exercise to see what YGAM had to offer, I did not realise the extent, the compassion and commitment that went behind the PSHE accredited resource and workshop. As you have guessed by now I speak my mind, get things done and expect the same of those that work around me.

You all have exceeded in what I was expecting from that first training session and then to see it being delivered to my own colleagues and partners. I know the feedback will be exceptional. You are filling a gap that has been growing slowly over the last 18 months for us. My team are buzzing about it and I have already put it on our next team meeting to discuss how we can keep this moving and raise it even higher on our agenda within the education world.”

Liz Stanton
MBE Lead Youth Engagement Officer,
Cheshire Police

Cheshire Police

Stakeholder engagement

“I am pleased that my Trustees approved a three year grant investment to YGAM, to help provide core support during this important period of development. We are delighted with the progress made and look forward to helping the charity to increase operational impact and effectiveness, in this challenging and much neglected field.”

David Sanderson MBE DL, Chief Executive, Rank Foundation Charitable Trust

Rank Foundation Charitable Trust

“Ladbrokes Coral are now entering its second year of support to YGAM. Our colleagues from our Player Protection team have particularly enjoyed working with the charity and meeting many of the professionals whom YGAM have trained by participating in their various workshops. The protection of young and vulnerable people is critical and we believe preventative education is one way to minimise harm. We are very much looking forward to developing our partnership with YGAM during 2017/18.”

Jim Mullen
Chief Executive,
Ladbrokes Coral plc

Ladbrokes Coral plc

“We are very proud to be YGAM’s first corporate partner and over the past three years we have undertaken a lot of work together. The YGAM team’s dynamic approach to delivery, the quality of their educational resources and the momentum they are now getting is impressive to see. Kindred has supported YGAM since 2016 to help them develop further their educational resources and pilot new ways of working with educational professionals in the United Kingdom. I know there is a lot of interest in the work of YGAM both in the United Kingdom and overseas; we look forward to continuing to support the charity to increase its geographical reach.”

Maris Bonello
Integrity Analytics Manager,
Kindred Plc

Kindred Plc

“We are delighted to welcome both YGAM and our distinguished thought leaders who will be presenting at the 2017 World Regulatory Briefing (WrB) event at the Ox Tower in London. Responsible Gaming is in the DNA of all progressive organisations that are active in the gambling space. YGAM is a UK-registered charity whose vision and purpose is to inform, educate and safeguard young people against problematic gambling and I am pleased WrB is able to provide a platform to promote the invaluable work it does as the UK’s first accredited and quality assured gambling awareness education provider. Clarion Gaming have been a supporter of YGAM now for over two-years and we are struck by the dedication of the staff team and the impact YGAM continues to make as a start-up charity and leader in preventative education.”

Sadie Walters
Clarion Gaming

Clarion Gaming

“BetVictor was able to support a trip for the YGAM team to come and work in the schools, college and youth service in Gibraltar during 2016. Following the success of that visit, we were delighted that there was appetite for the team to return again in 2017. We are looking forward to welcoming them back in the autumn 2017 to facilitate that follow-up work and to also share their journey as a charity with our head office teams.”

Sarah Wood
Head of Compliance,


“YGAM is starting to make good progress and we are delighted to support the charity to achieve a greater social impact. YGAM are hugely professional, passionate and committed to their social cause. We hope to build upon our work in 2016/17 by engaging more of our employees to participate in pro-bono volunteering for YGAM.”

Tom Tuxworth Head of Public Affairs (UK & Ireland), Paddy Power Betfair plc

Paddy Power Betfair plc

“bet365 are proud to be supporting YGAM for a second year. We are encouraged, but not surprised, by the popularity and the traction the program has gained in 2016/2017. The wealth of experience within the YGAM team on a social, educational and personal level puts them in a great position to be raising the awareness of how gambling can impact lives and how to identify when it is causing harm. Lee Willow, CEO of YGAM, and Anne Evans, Trustee, are truly inspirational for turning their personalnegative experiences into a positive cause by sharing their stories to achieve greater awareness, specifically amongst young people. We look forward to working with them in 2017/2018.”

Sheila Preston Chief Regulatory Officer, bet 365

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We were delighted to be able to support the work of YGAM with a donation to develop their educational resources and our members have enjoyed seeing the charities progress.”

Mavis Warner Assistant Almoner

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