Ygam, a leading gambling harm charity in the United Kingdom, is marking its 10th anniversary with praise from the sector and gambling minister Stuart Andrew. Known for its efforts in preventing gambling harm, Ygam has been providing education and treatment for the past decade. Since 2014, the organization has trained over 17,000 individuals to raise awareness of problem gambling, while also reaching out to more than 3 million children and youths.
To celebrate this milestone, Ygam will be hosting a series of special events, campaigns, and announcements throughout the year.
Stuart Andrew commended Ygam’s achievements and expressed the government’s commitment to working with the charity to prevent gambling harm, especially among young people. He reinforced that gambling harm protection remains a priority for the government, with discussions on various measures to shield individuals, particularly children, from harm.
MP Stephanie Peacock, Shadow Minister for Media, Gambling, and Sport, also lauded Ygam for its proactive methods in raising awareness, conducting research, and educating young people. While Dame Rosie Winterton, Deputy Speaker in the House of Commons, praised the organization for providing invaluable tools to intervene and educate young people about the warning signs of gambling addiction.
The charity sector also joined in celebrating Ygam’s achievements. Chief executives from organizations such as PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide, Parent Zone, GambleAware, Gordon Moody, GamCare, Betknowmore UK, and GAMSTOP all praised Ygam for its pivotal work in reducing gambling-related harm and stigma.
Overall, Ygam’s 10th anniversary is a momentous occasion that has garnered the recognition and support of the gambling sector, government officials, and other charitable organizations. The organization’s impact in raising awareness, providing education, and promoting gambling harm prevention has been widely celebrated, setting the stage for continued collaboration and success in the future.