Ladbrokes helps to fund GamCare ‘youth hubs’ for problem gamblers

Ladbrokes helps to fund GamCare ‘youth hubs’ for problem gamblers

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Posted by Andy McCarron
Bookmaker making social responsibility investment for young people

Ladbrokes has donated £180,000 to help fund GamCare’s new Youth Programme for three regional ‘youth hubs’ in Bristol, Birmingham and the North West of England. The donation, which covers support for the rest of 2016 and into 2017, will help to provide information, advice and links to treatment for young people with gambling problems.

Each hub will also provide a structure for referrals to treatment for young people who are vulnerable to gambling related harm, and resources for regional youth outreach workers to provide free workshops and training.

Graham Weir, head of responsible gambling at Ladbrokes, told "Through this donation, we want to have a positive impact on the next generation of adults and to help them understand that whilst gambling is fun for most people, there are potential pitfalls.

“GamCare understand problem gamblers, so they are uniquely positioned to take their insight and use it to prevent harm from occurring. It's important to provide relevant information that will help young adults make safe and informed choices in the future.

“I don't want someone to think that when they open an account with Ladbrokes, they are suddenly going to be rich with a glamorous lifestyle funded by gambling. As a responsible operator, Ladbrokes are committed to minimising the potential for harm to customers when they gamble with us.”

Totally Gaming says: The Youth Programme was first piloted in Bristol during 2015 and showed positive results, as the young people who took part fed back that they planned to reduce either the time or money that they spend on gambling. Therefore, Ladbrokes are positive about the effectiveness of this GamCare intervention, and want to do their bit to inform and educate young adults about the potential problems associated with gambling.

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