YGAM and Wolves raising gambling awareness

Wolves and Wolves Foundation are working with national charity the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) to educate and safeguard young people in the region about gaming and gambling-related harm.

In partnership with GamCare, YGAM are delivering the Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme and have trained Wolves and Foundation staff over the last year, providing them with the tools and information to safeguard the young people they work with and care for.

Wolves season ticket holder and head of delivery at YGAM, Sam Starsmore, has experienced the devastating impact of a gambling addiction and therefore fully understands how important education and prevention is.

Starsmore said: “Working with the teams at Wolves has been fantastic. Raising awareness and delivering education on the potential harms associated with gambling is something that Wolves have been fully supportive of. Our work together will continue so we can appropriately armour young people with the knowledge for them to make more informed choices.”

Lisa Carter, head of safeguarding at Wolves, has experienced first-hand how this partnership has supported the club and the young people connected within the community. Carter said: “YGAM have delivered training to our staff several times and the feedback is always extremely positive. It’s such an emotive subject but part of everyday life for many children, young people and adults.”

In addition to this, YGAM also provide free awareness workshops for parents and foster carers on topics of gaming and gambling. Theuir workshops and Parent HUB empowers parents with the knowledge and understanding around safeguarding their children.

Any schools, organisations or individuals who are keen to take part in these free training workshops are encouraged to contact Sam on 07341 509784 or by emailing samstarsmore@ygam.org.