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GamCare Expands Youth Services

25th October 2016

New funding for GamCare’s work with young people will enable the creation of three new regional ‘youth hubs’.

Two gambling operators have donated towards GamCare’s work with young people, enabling the creation of three new regional ‘youth hubs’ in Bristol, Birmingham and the North West, as well as the expansion of youth education services in London.

These donations will provide resources for additional regional youth outreach workers to provide free of charge workshops and training in their local areas, as well as materials and screening tools to assist local youth services and teachers in identifying young people at risk. Each youth hub will also provide a structure for referrals to treatment for young people who are experiencing or vulnerable to gambling related harm.

GamCare initially piloted its youth programme in Bristol, with Partner agency Addiction Recovery Agency (ARA). Professionals trained indicated that they had a better understanding of recognising and dealing with gambling problems in young people, and young people who took part in the programme fed back that they planned to reduce either the time or money that they spend on gambling.

Dirk Hansen, CEO at GamCare, says: “Our work aims to ensure that young people can access honest, accurate and relevant information about gambling and make informed choices about whether they choose to gamble.

As a result of this programme, young people will also be able to access help and support tailored for them should they need it.”