On Thursday, May 27th, Ygam, the leading UK charity dedicated to the prevention and treatment of gambling-related harm, presented its new strategy to policymakers, MPs, and industry leaders in the UK Parliament. The event was attended by MPs across political parties, including the Shadow Minister for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport, Jo Stevens MP.
The parliamentary reception provided a platform for Ygam to discuss its new approach, which focuses on empowering those with lived experience to have a more significant voice in the policy-making process. The new strategy highlights the importance of involving individuals and families who have been affected by gambling harm in designing and delivering interventions.
Empowering Those with Lived Experience
One of the key features of Ygam’s new strategy is its focus on the role of individuals and families who have been impacted by gambling harm. The charity aims to empower these individuals and give them a stronger voice in the policymaking process. By involving those with lived experience in decision-making, Ygam hopes to create more effective interventions that are tailored to the needs of those most affected by gambling-related harm.
Creating a Collaborative Approach
Ygam’s new strategy also emphasizes the importance of collaboration between stakeholders, including policymakers, industry leaders, and community groups. By working together, Ygam believes that it can create a more comprehensive approach to tackling gambling-related harm. The charity recognizes that it cannot tackle this issue alone and is committed to working with others to develop effective solutions.
The Importance of Evidence-Based Research
Ygam’s new strategy is also grounded in evidence-based research. The charity believes that research is critical to understanding the complexities of gambling-related harm and developing effective interventions. Ygam is committed to working with academic researchers and experts in the field to gain a better understanding of the issue.
Looking to the Future
The parliamentary reception was a significant milestone for Ygam and the launch of its new strategy. The charity’s CEO, Lee Willows, commented, “Our new strategy represents a significant shift in the way we approach gambling-related harm.” “By empowering those with lived experience and working collaboratively with others, we believe we can create more effective interventions that will have a real impact.”
Ygam’s new strategy is an important step towards tackling gambling-related harm in the UK. By empowering those with lived experience, creating a collaborative approach, and focusing on evidence-based research, the charity hopes to create a more effective and sustainable approach to preventing and treating gambling-related harm. The parliamentary reception was a crucial first step in engaging policymakers and industry leaders in this critical issue, and Ygam is committed to building on this momentum in the months and years to come.