YGAM is a thoroughly professional UK-Registered charity with solid foundations and a competent team in place to deliver our social purpose.
YGAM’s work with the gambling industry & transparency
YGAM does not seek to influence the way that gambling is regulated in Great Britain; we believe that is a function of the regulator, the UK Gambling Commission. As an official charity, registered with the UK Charity Commission, YGAM relies on voluntary funding in order to fulfil its social purpose. We actively seek funding from parties who share our concerns and our ambitions, including charitable trusts & foundations, the gambling industry and private individuals. YGAM also secures income from the selling of delegate places on our education workshops, which are marketed principally to the education, third and health sectors, Local Authorities and Central Government.
As YGAM evolves, the charity will move to full disclosure of all income it receives via its website. This disclosure will be in addition to its annual review where such information will be already published in accordance with Charity SOPR (Statement of Recommended Practice) and Financial Reporting Standard for Smaller Entities (FRSSE) 2016. Furthermore a register of Trustee register of interests and YGAM’s Trustee Handbook will also be published on the YGAM website. YGAM has adopted the UK Charity Commission Hallmarks of an Effective Charity to ensure best practice and are being supported pro-bono by Peridot Partners; leaders in Charity Governance in the UK.
Key information on YGAM
The Young Gamblers Education Trust has a legal structure of a Charitable Company, Limited by Guarantee (CCLG).
This means YGAM is registered as both a Limited by Guarantee (not for profit) Company with Companies House (Company registration number 09189998) and as a UK-Registered Charity with the UK Charity Commission (Charity registration number 1162425).
Companies House have granted the Young Gamblers Education Trust exemption from having its name ending with the word ‘Limited’.
The Young Gamblers Education Trust was registered with Companies House on 28 August 2014 and was granted UK-Registered Charitable status with the Charity Commission on 26 June 2015.
The charity will move to a financial and operating period of 01 April – 31 March over the next 12 months as reporting deadlines are synchronised with both Companies House and the Charity Commission.
The Young Gamblers Education Trust will trade as YGAM.
The charity has registered this name and principle logo with the UK Intellectual Property Office, where a registered Trade Mark was granted (reference UK00003114184) on 25 September 2015.
YGAM registered with the UK Information Commissioners Office (reference ZA125536) on 25 June 2015 and the charity will maintain its membership annually.
YGAM has full & comprehensive insurance in place provided by CaSE Charity Insurance, underwritten by QBE Insurance (Europe) Limited (Policy 010861/07/16). YGAM Public Liability insurance has a limit of £5m and Employers Liability insurance has a limit of £10m. Personal accident, property and trustee indemnity is also provided for within the charity’s cover.
YGAM delivers the UK’s first accredited & quality-assured gambling awareness education programme. Our educational resources have been developed, accredited and quality-assured by ASDAN, the Ofqual approved awarding body. In addition, YGAM is proud to be an ASDAN Customised Accreditation Centre, which allows us to officially certify young people’s learning and deliver practitioner training.
YGAM is registered with the Fundraising Regulator, Unique Registration number: FR.ID-142782. YGAM has adopted the Fundraising Regulator’s Code of Fundraising Practice and are proud to be a member.
YGAM is registered with the UK Register of Learning Providers (UKRLP) database. Provider Reference Number (UKPRN) is : 10064362. YGAM are also applying to join the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP).
YGAM registered with JustGiving on 23 July 2015 and the charity will maintain its membership annually.
YGAM has a business bank account with HSBC Bank Plc. We work with the Thomson Reuters Foundation whose team of solicitors provide pro-bono legal support to YGAM. Finally our accountants and independent financial examiners are Stephen Hill Mid Kent.
YGAM has a social purpose to ‘inform, educate and safeguard young people against problematic gambling or social gaming’. YGAM delivers its social purpose and derives social benefit for the UK in three ways:
- YGAM aims to enhance the UK’s understanding of gambling and gambling-related harm specifically amongst young people.
- YGAM helps young people make informed choices through better understanding of gambling and its potential risks.
- YGAM increases awareness of youth gambling as a public health issue with policy-makers, educators and key influencers.
75% of people gamble in the UK and YGAM recognises that for most people gambling is a pleasurable, recreational activity with little negative consequence. However, YGAM also recognises the UK gambling industry has changed significantly over the last decade.
Measures introduced by the 2005 Gambling Act and advances in new technology, have impacted on the access to and advertising of gambling products in the UK. With Betting Shops (High Street Bookmakers) now occupying prime shop-front locations on many High Streets, casinos open 24/7 in most cities, the rise of remote (on-line) gambling and a massive rise in gambling advertising and sponsorship, the awareness of and opportunity to gamble is far more accessible than it has ever been.
Young people today are the first generation to grow up with gambling being seen by many as an acceptable form of leisure activity among their peers. However, YGAM believes without preventative education, young people may be at risk of developing dangerous gambling habits, which in some cases have the potential to lead to an addiction.
The extent of gambling-related harm among young people is not fully known in the UK, with estimates suggesting that as many as 143,000 young people under the age of 24 years are addicted to gambling.
Unlike substance addictions, there are no immediately obvious signs when a young person is experiencing gambling-related harm. This is why some refer to gambling addictions as ‘the secret addiction’.
There is an unfortunate stigma also associated with this form of addiction, meaning people who are experiencing harm don’t reach out for help until it is too late.
Young people participate in gambling activities with more frequency than other potentially addictive behaviours, such as drinking alcohol or smoking. Additionally, young people are more likely to ‘try out’ gambling at a much earlier age than they try drugs or alcohol.
In the UK there is a unique situation in that, unlike much of the rest of the world, children can legally gamble on various categories of fruit or slot machine.
YGAM believes that it is important to educate young people around the potential risks associated with gambling, so they are equipped to make informed choices and know where to seek help if gambling is becoming a problem for them or their friends.
Educating young people around these risks in isolation is ineffective. We believe such messages should form part of a PSHE (Personal, Health and Social Education) programme of study and ideally linked to digital reliance, mathematics and other subject areas.
A lot of time, money and resources are spent on alcohol and drugs education for young people. YGAM believes gambling education is in many ways the poor relation and we want to change that and work with others who share our aspiration.
YGAM has adopted the two principle core charitable objects in its application to the Charity Commission to become a UK-Registered Charity. These objects were chosen by our Board of Trustees from the list provided by the Charity Commission, to best represent the work of YGAM:
- To advance education in all matters relating to harmful gambling addiction and problem gaming, particularly amongst children and young people with a view to preventing them from becoming addicted; and
- To relieve sickness and promote and protect the good mental health of young people who are affected by gambling addiction, providing their families and carers with information, advice, counselling and support on such issues and ways of managing their addiction.
Finally, within the YGAM Articles of Association, the charity will fulfil the above two objects with young people aged 7 – 25 years old. However, the Board of Trustees has agreed to prioritise the resources of the charity to adults who influence young people’s learning, specifically targeting adults who have influence over young people aged 15 – 25 years.