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Further developing our Gambling Education & Prevention Programme
GambleAware invests £¾ million in Scottish Youth Problem Gambling Initiative
Fast Forward is delighted to announce that we have secured a £750,000 grant from GambleAware to run a major national youth problem gambling initiative across the Scotland for three years.
The funding will be put towards scaling up the work done over the past three years: Fast Forward will develop a new Scottish Gambling Education Hub. The Hub, which builds on the Gambling Education Toolkit, launched last year, will extend the scope and scale of gambling education, training and support offered to organisations. The aim of the project is to help organisations address gambling issues with young people across Scotland, through prevention and awareness.
This project adopts a training the trainers’ approach, while developing resources that professionals can use in a range of education and health settings.
This 3 years fixed-term project will develop tailored approaches to the following 5 sectors:
- informal education sector
- youth employability sector
- formal education/secondary schools sector
- further and higher education sector
- parents and carers sector
Alastair MacKinnon, Chief Executive of Fast Forward said:
“Fast Forward’s goal is to enable young people to make informed choices about their well-being and to live healthier lifestyles. We are only just beginning to understand the full extent of gambling-related harms and the impact on gamblers and those around them. Ensuring all those who work with Scottish young people are empowered to offer advice about safer gambling and help those who need it find treatment could make a real difference to a generation with more opportunities to gamble than ever before.”
The project will provide the relevant training and resources needed by youth-workers, teachers and other professionals to address gambling-related issues. The initiative will encompass formal and informal education settings, and offer services to organisations working with vulnerable young people who are not in education, employment or training, as well as parents and carers.
To read the full press release click here.
We are currently recruiting 3 Project Officers and one Project Assistant who will be involved in this programme – all details for these posts can be found here.