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Published Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Northampton Youth Forum’s gambling-related harm awareness raising has drawn interest from industry leaders and education institutions, following their presentation at a London symposium.

An audience of students, teachers and education and public health experts were interested to hear at a symposium on Thursday, 7 September, how the Borough Council’s Youth Forum implemented the Young Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) education programme in Northampton.

Attendees were particularly impressed with the results from a questionnaire that the forum delivered as part of the programme, which measured awareness levels, attitudes towards gambling and local people’s gambling habits.

Its future awareness raising plans, which include a Cake and Debate event during UK Parliament Week, on Thursday, 17 November at the Guildhall, were also applauded.

Lee Willows, Chief Executive, YGAM, said: “Without a doubt, one of the most engaging presentations at our symposium was from members of the Northampton Youth Board. All members spoke confidently as they shared the work they had undertaken with residents from Northampton as part of International Youth Day. The team and I are grateful to Cllr Anna King and her colleagues for supporting the symposium. We are keen to work with the Youth Forum and Northampton Borough Council to raise awareness of gambling-related harm.’

Following positive feedback about the forum’s work, YGAM has asked for the group to present an update of their findings at a conference it is hosting in December. Requests from Northampton education institutions are also being discussed.

Heather Wardle, from the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, said: "A great afternoon spent at the YGAM conference - and especially interesting to hear from the brilliant Northampton Youth Forum, who are doing amazing work raising awareness of gambling-related harm."

Cllr Anna King, Northampton Borough Council Cabinet member for community safety and engagement and chair of Northampton Youth Forum, said: “We are really proud of the important awareness raising work that the Youth Forum has developed and delivered this summer.

“The excellent feedback received from the symposium last week is very encouraging and we look forward to working with YGAM and local educators, such as the University of Northampton, as the forum continues its work in this area.”

Visit www.facebook.com/NorthamptonYouthForum  to find out more about Northampton’s Youth Forum and contact our communities and partnership team on 01604 837079 to find out how you could join.

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