Two prominent gambling charities will be offering free support during Responsible Gambling (RG) Week starting on November 7.
This will be the third RG Week held in the UK since it was launched by the IGRG in 2017 and is part of the betting sector’s attempts to improve its record on problem gambling.
And in support of RG Week, GamCare and the Young Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) say they will offer training and workshops for free.
Both GamCare and YGAM run detailed training courses that have been designed to help people in the industry and in affected groups. These courses teach people how to spot the signs of problem gambling and how to talk to those who may be at risk of gambling harm.
The Chief Executive Officer of GamCare, Anna Hemmings, said that they aim to promote safer gambling through such groups as the youth-outreach BigDeal:
“Our work with young people encourages informed choices, understanding of risk and knowledge of where to get support. RG Week provides a platform to promote our existing work to a wider audience.”
The courses will teach people how to have open conversations with young people about gambling and to give them the ability to spot when someone may have a problem.
YGAM have been running workshops for five years aimed at protecting young people, and these will form a key part of their contribution to RG Week. GamCare is a registered charity offering advice and support for anyone affected by problem gambling and has been running since 1997.
RG Week brings together groups and firms from different sectors of the betting industry, as well as some youth groups and other stakeholders. Its main aims are to promote safer betting and to raise public and stakeholder awareness of the harm caused by problem gambling.