UNISON, the UK’s largest trade union, has proudly announced its partnership with the national charity, Young Gamers & Gambling Education Trust (YGAM), to provide its members with expert training regarding gambling and gaming-related harms.
The charity is a part of a £10 million National Gambling Education Programme and is supported by members of the Betting and Gaming Council and will provide free accredited workshops and resources to anyone who works with or cares for young people. Designed to build digital resilience, some of the topics covered in this programme include addiction, mental health, money, and debt.
UNISON members will be provided with the tools needed to safeguard young people from potential risks, such as lesson plans, activities, signs to look out for, and further information on where to look for advice and support. All training sessions have been externally evaluated and are assured by the principle awarding bodies, City & Guilds, and ASDAN.
YGAM recently launched a new leading-edge ‘Parent Hub’ website which provides resources and professional advice around gaming and gambling to support families to build up their kids’ resilience and establish a healthy online/offline balance. Described as ‘vitally important’ for parents, the website has received endorsements from parents, teachers, safeguarding officers, and the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).