Monday, December 6, 2021

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Amanda Kiernan: ‘Safer Gambling is a journey without a final destination’

Amanda Kiernan Merkur UK safer gambling journey
Amanda Kiernan, who works as MERKUR UK’s Head of Compliance and also serves as Vice Chair of Bacta’s Social Responsibility Committee, believes that when it comes to safer gambling you can never say ‘job done’. Here, she answers some questions on why.

YGAM’s Safer Gambling Training programme is raising standards

Ian Shanahan YGAM Safer Gambling training programme is raising standards
Ian Shanahan has recently joined the Senior Leadership Team at YGAM in the role of Director of Business Development and Fundraising. He also heads up the pioneering Safer Gambling Training programme which provides expert training to customer-facing teams working in the gambling industry. Having spent many years working for Rank, Shanahan is now using his industry knowledge and experience to help raise standards in player protection.

MERKUR mark a year of positivity as 360 Social Responsibility Program celebrates its first birthday

Sascha Blodau Merkur UK 360 Social responsibility Program first birthday
In October 2020 MERKUR UK General Manager, Sascha Blodau, used the pages of Coinslot to announce the launch of the company’s 360 Program and with it a pledge to take a proactive stance in setting new Social Responsibility standards in the domestic low stake high street gambling entertainment sector.

Clarion Gaming confirms YGAM as first international charity partner

Clarion Gaming International Charity Partner YGAM
Clarion Gaming has confirmed that the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust, the award-winning education charity has become its first international charity partner.

Lee Willows: ‘ESG Gaming will continue my journey of learning’

Lee Willows ESG Gaming
Lee Willows’ decision to step down as CEO of YGAM, the charity that he founded, took some of the gambling industry by surprise. In his first interview since stepping back he reflects on the journey he ended with YGAM and the one he is now embarking with ESG Gaming.

Regulator’s Tim Miller to address Bacta SR Exchange

Tim Miller Gambling Commission Bacta SR Exchange
SR is right up the Gambling Commission’s street, so who better to deliver the opening guest speech at November’s Bacta SR Exchange than the event circuit’s favourite regulatory figure Tim Miller

Bacta books 2021 SR Exchange for November slot

Bacta SR Exchange 2021 logo
Bacta’s third SR Exchange will take place on November 10 from 10am to 4pm online.

MERKUR UK extends safer gambling training to 200 venue managers

Tony Boulton Merkur UK 360 program safer gambling
MERKUR UK launched its 360 safer gambling programme in October 2020 - less than a year later it’s on course to have put its entire 200 venue managers and regional management team through the highly respected City & Guilds Assured training delivered by YGAM and Betknowmore.

Actions speak louder than words as MERKUR UK’s 360 Program delivers across multiple fronts

Sascha Blodau Merkur 360 Gauselmann
Since launching six months ago MERKUR UK’s 360 Program has hit the ground running launching a series of key safer gambling initiatives.

Merkur make more advances in 360 safer gambling journey

YGAM Betknowmore workshop Mark Schertle COO Merkur UK
A two-day workshop organised and delivered by YGAM and Betknowmore is the latest safer gambling initiative to arise from Merkur UK’s 360 Programme.

YGAM unveil Premier League star Marvin Sordell as first ever ambassador

Marvin Sordell YGAM
The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust has set itself some ambitious goals in recent years and now it’s signed up former Premier League striker Marvin Sordell to join its committed and talented team.

The underlying issues of problem gambling “can’t just be left to industry alone” to solve, says BGC chair

NHS problem gambling shouldn't be left to industry alone
Speaking at an industry webinar, Brigid Simmonds, chair of the Betting and Gaming Council, said it was clear that NHS centres had the proper scope to tackle the social and mental health issues that lead people to problem gambling - but added that treating such fundamental issues should not be left solely to the industry.

Former UK Parliamentary Adviser among new YGAM recruits

Former UK Parliamentary Adviser among new YGAM recruits
The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) which continues to expand its reach delivering the ‘Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme: Education, Training, Support’ has bolstered its resources with...

Industry stakeholders applaud Cat D minimum playing age initiative

Category D age restrictions
Following a decision by Bacta members to introduce new age restrictions on Category D cash fruit machines, industry figures from gambling concern groups and the government have recognised the sector's commitment to social responsibility

Former parliamentary adviser among new YGAM recruits

YGAM James Matthewson and Jo Burnham
As safer gambling charity YGAM continues to expand its reach and impact the organisation has added two new faces to its comms team, both with significant political heft.

Inspirational Lived Experience leaders joining forces

YGAM Betknowmore Lee Willows Frankie Graham
Lee Willows and Frankie Graham are former gambling addicts who at their lowest, both battled with suicidal thoughts. They have since dramatically transformed their lives and now lead the two hugely respected charities - YGAM and Betknowmore

YGAM and Betknowmore UK launch Safer Gambling Training programme

YGAM authentic training Betknowmore safer gambling
Leading charities the Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) and Betknowmore UK have joined forces to launch Safer Gambling Training, a purposeful new programme to provide gambling industry employees with specialist...

YGAM act on independent evaluation findings in order to improve engagement with BAME communities

ClearView Research (CVR) the audience insight consultancy which produced the widely respected ‘Gambling: a young BAME perspective’ on behalf of GambleAware and includes the NHS, unicef and the Vodafone Foundation...

YGAM founders say the Experts By Experience strategy could achieve more with a diverse spread of perspectives

Lee Willows, Chief Executive and co-founder of YGAM, has proposed that Experts by Experience initiatives might warrant a range of different voices that are representative of the totality of the gambling experience...

YGAM launch ‘Parent Hub’ as university research highlights loot box danger amongst children

YGAM Parent Hub
National charity, YGAM has joined with research teams from Newcastle and Loughborough Universities to help parents and carers understand the danger of loot boxes...

Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons praises the courage, kindness and vision of YGAM founders on tenth anniversary of tragic loss

Dame Rosie Winterton, MP for Doncaster Central and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, has praised the work of YGAM co-founders Anne and Keith Evans...

‘Making a positive difference’:  YGAM undergraduate apprentice, Nadia Tarik, reflects on a year studying and working for social change

YGAM Nadia Tarik undergraduate apprentice social change
In 2019 23-year old Nadia Tarik made history when she was among the first students to participate in the ground-breaking apprenticeship degree course in Social Change...

Leading British politician praises YGAM for being ‘a leading example of how charities have innovated’

YGAM charities Maskell Shadow Minister
YGAM, the national education charity which works to raise awareness of gambling and gaming related harms, has been recognised by Shadow Minister Rachael Maskell, MP...

YGAM and GamCare go digital to deliver world class education programme despite Covid-19

YGAM GamCare charity digital
Leading charities YGAM (The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust) and GamCare have risen to the challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic by...

YGAM welcomes former Gambling Commission executive as Head of External Affairs

YGAM External Affairs
YGAM, the national charity that works to inform, educate and safeguard young people against problematic gambling and social gaming, has confirmed the appointment of Daniel Bliss as the organisation's new Head of External Affairs...

Lee Willows: What makes you tick?

ee Willows What makes me Tick
Lee Willows, explains his background, his motivations, fears, aspirations and how he’s coping with the current lockdown

YGAM salutes its supporters at ‘exceptional’ ICE London

YGAM supporters ICE London
YGAM, the charity that works to educate and safeguard young people against problematic gambling and social gaming enjoyed what co-founder and CEO, Lee Willows described as an ‘exceptional' edition of ICE London. The charity which...

YGAM to confirm future strategy at ICE London showcase

YGAM My TouchTunes Lee Willows ICE London showcase future
YGAM, the UK-based charity that works to inform, educate and safeguard young people against problematic gambling and social gaming, will be using its appearance at ICE London to outline to the industry the ambitious targets it has set for 2020...

YGAM and Caesars Entertainment help pioneer first degree course in Social Change

YGAM degree Caesars
YGAM has joined forces with Caesars Entertainment EMEA and Queen Mary University of London to participate in a ground breaking apprenticeship degree course in ‘Social Change’ which has attracted six times more...

YGAM and Betknowmore join forces to ‘drive greater social impact’ through authentic training

YGAM authentic training Betknowmore safer gambling
The UK-based charity, Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM), has partnered with gambling support service Betknowmore UK to deliver a ‘purposeful, authentic and genuine’ approach to their training initiatives tackling gambling-related harm.