GambleAware announced that they have recently recommissioned Fast Forward charity to continue delivering its work within the Scottish Gambling Education Hub for another three years.
Focus on Young People
The Education Hub concentrates on working with young people and adults in their lives to help raise awareness of gambling-related harms. The Hub ensures that those working with young people and families are confident in offering harm reduction advice and signposting those who need support and advice.
The Scottish Gambling Education Hub has been renewed for another three years and will help young people and families.
Following the announcement of the renewal, the pair agreed their mission would remain the same. To ensure children, young people and families in Scotland always have access to gambling education, prevention opportunities and resources.
Furthermore, they have also announced improvements to their current structure, ensuring partners, practitioners, and policymakers remain focused on the issues.
“Fast Forward’s work supports young people to make informed choices regarding risk-taking behaviours, towards positive life-long health outcomes,” said Allie Cherry-Byrnes, Fast Forward’s CEO.
“Gambling has become normalised in our communities, with many young people affected by their own gambling or by the gambling of a parent, carer, or family member," Cherry-Byrnes pointed out, adding that renewed funding from GambleAware will enable the SGEH to continue raising awareness of gambling harms and ensure support is accessible for everyone who needs it.
Back in 2019, the Scottish Gambling Education Hub established the Scottish Gambling Education Network. They aimed to bring together individuals from a variety of settings in a bid to share best practices, provide help and support and improve gambling education and prevention across the region.
The Hub will continue its work regarding facilitation and broadening of the scope of SGEH activities, including introducing a national conference next year.
Dr Jane Rigbye, Prevention Director at GambleAware, added: “Fast Forward has demonstrated its value as a key partner to prevent gambling harm among young people in Scotland. Given the success of the work already carried out, continuity is vital."
So far, the Hub has successfully trained more than 550 different organisations across all 32 Scottish local authorities, including schools, colleges, universities, youth work, and family services.
“The Scottish Education Hub has engaged with young people, parents, the community and youth workers in an impactful and creative way to deliver unique projects over the years," Rigbye noted.
The Scottish Education Hub will also play a vital role in supporting the creation of the English and Welsh Education Hub. Both projects will soon be commissioned by GambleAware, to prevent gambling-related harms among youths in both regions.
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