Independent UK registered charity, Young Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM), is the recent recipient of a £12,680 (US$17,303) donation from Microgaming PlayItForward, the software development company’s CSR initiative.
Microgaming’s donation will help grow YGAM’s accredited education program, which focuses on educating individuals about social gambling and the harm related to gambling among young people, to the Isle of Man where it plans to collaborate with the local government and schools to present its existing Train the Trainer workshops.
The focus of the series of workshops will be to help young people develop digital resilience and in addition to teachers will be aimed at community volunteers and youth workers. Microgaming will also collaborate with the YGAM team in order to help deliver bespoke accredited training based on player protection.
In addition to the United Kingdom, the charity has over the last three years presented workshops across the Netherlands, Gibraltar and Malta, according to the news release.
Head of Compliance for Microgaming, Kimberly Broad, said that the promotion of responsible gaming and providing the local community with support are “hugely important” to the company, so they were “naturally keen to support YGAM in extending its accredited programme to the Isle of Man.”
Broad explained, “We have been very impressed with the charity’s success on building a programme that focuses on increasing awareness and resilience against gambling-related harm and we look forward to supporting them in delivering the vital training workshops on the island.”
For its part, YGAM Chief Executive, Lee willows, said that both the UK charity and Microgaming have been “keen” to work together and the project “provides a perfect opportunity to take our education programmes to the Isle of Man, whilst at the same time work with Microgaming to deliver our accredited and authentic training.”
Willows added that they are “hugely grateful” for the donation from Microgaming PlayItForward “as we believe taking our programmes to the Isle of Man will enable us to engage with another professional (teaching) audience and gain valuable feedback on the relevance and educational content.”