The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) has partnered with the local Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Eyes and Ears programme to provide the opportunity for teachers to attend two workshops providing access to a host of gaming and gambling teaching resources as well as the chance to obtain certification.

Eyes and Ears, a community and school-based programme funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire, is being co-ordinated by East Cambridgeshire’s Community Safety Partnership with support from Cambridgeshire Police Children and Young People’s Team, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Healthy Schools Service, Cambridge United Community Trust as well as the District Councils and a host of local authority organisations.

Sergeant Mark Rabel of Cambridgeshire Police said: “Cambridgeshire Constabulary is delighted to be involved with this aspect of the Eyes and Ears initiative which has been developed in partnership aimed at preventing our youngsters from becoming victims of crime as well as establishing some initial skills of social responsibility. Our Partnership and Prevention Children and Young People (CYP) Officers fully support the program and are there to help.”

To support primary schools in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough equip their pupils with an awareness of gaming/gambling related harm, YGAM is providing two free workshops for Teachers and other adults who work with Children & Young People on:

Tuesday 5th October 2021 (15:45 – 17:15)

Thursday 14th October 2021 (15:45 – 16:45)

Attendance will result in a City and Guilds certification as well as access to the YGAM bank of teaching resources which cover KS 2 – 5.

Sacha Kent, YGAM’s Education Manager for the South East & East of England is delivering both sessions and spoke about the partnership between local organisations and the charity;

“It’s been fantastic for YGAM to be working alongside Cambridgeshire Eyes & Ears project to develop their training for primary schools. It’s really refreshing to see an area that is proactive in finding ways to engage young people in safeguarding and raising awareness around gaming and gambling.”

The Eyes and Ears programme for schools supports the requirements of the new Relationships, Sex and Health Education curriculum. The content, although differentiated for primary and secondary students, focuses on the issues of personal privacy, respect and consent to help young people achieve a better understanding of how to keep themselves safe and how to behave towards their peers, including online.

Councillor Elisabeth Every From East Cambridgeshire District Council Said: “ ‘The East Cambridgeshire Community Safety Partnership are delighted that our initiative the ‘Eyes and Ears’ programme originally designed to raise awareness amongst residents of the issues that surround us, eg Scams, Domestic Violence and Hate Crime, has now been totally adapted to become part of the primary and secondary school curriculum to form part of the Healthy Schools Award. This is a module-based approach aimed at young people to help them manage risks and identify anti-social behaviour, healthy relationships, how to stay safe online, peers who are vulnerable and/or appear anxious, isolated or withdrawn and who to report concerns to. The latest module to be launched is our gaming and gambling module with the support of YGAM.’

If you are interested in attending the FREE YGAM workshops then please contact Sacha Kent, Education Manager, South East – sachakent@ygam.org