Education

“500,000 children are gambling every week” - The Gambling Act 2005 sets a statutory licensing objective that children should be protected from being harmed by gambling.

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Prevention

Protecting your students

Our in house specialists raise awareness of the risks of gambling through tailored, personalised training sessions.

For students, educators and relevant governing bodies

Statistics show that 16 to 23 year olds are three times as likely to develop a problem with gambling than those who gamble when they are older.
EPIC have created a bespoke education and awareness package which is designed to inform and safeguard young people and their educators the growing issue of problematic gambling.

01. Students

Educating students through inspiring and hard hitting real life personal stories, interactive data capture and self help harm- minimisation tips. We raise awareness of the potential dangers of problematic gambling whilst allowing students to make better informed decisions.

02. Staff

Training  staff to recognise students who are potentially showing  the signs of gambling related  harm; such as truancy, anti-social behaviour, mental health issues and family relationship breakdowns.

03. School

Benefits to the school would include, students performing to their maximum potential, both academically and also in their social and personal development.  Our  post session data  report to the headteacher, provides  the school first hand information of current levels of gambling within the student population.

04. Governance

A proactive student welfare initiative that has clear perceptional value with OFSTED, whilst fulfilling duty of care to students. Reputation and brand of the school is protected, with increased commercial revenue and student numbers, with lower levels of student drop out or transfer.

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Testimonials

Justyn’s talk on gambling has already been touted by many of our boys as the best talk of the year. He shared his own story of problem gambling with the boys, and its disastrous effects, which was particularly moving. He also spoke of awareness of gambling addiction and of how to cope if in danger. His manner of speaking was very engaging and utterly appropriate for a school audience – he kept them glued for a full 90 minutes. Given the ease and prevalence of access to online gambling by children, this talk is utterly indispensable in a PSHE programme today.

Tonbridge School

The stories and experience shared by Mark and Justyn were eye-opening to say the least, all students were engaged and interested for the entire period and left with a much greater understanding on the potential risks associated with gambling. Our students really benefitted from the open and honest reflection from people who treated them as adults. Justyn and Mark did not come into the college and ward the student off gambling, preaching of the pitfalls and negatives should they choose to bet on sporting events – for this reason the sharing of their experiences had a much more positive impact. We will be inviting EPIC in again next year to again talk with our second year students and hope that this can continue in the future.

Hartpury CollegeLecturer in Football Studies – Lead Practitioner – Junior Development Football Coach | Specialist Sport

Having EPIC deliver workshop’s was an opportunity for us to allow an authentic dialogue with both staff and students, which was made very real through the lived experience. We believe an authentic person delivering the workshop allowed for a shared experience and ensured participants did not feel judgement. We did not want this to be a concept or idea, this is about the reality of gambling and being able to create a safe space for students to share views and experiences, with someone who understands the issue. It also fosters a peer to peer learning space and hopefully removes some of the stigma of speaking about gambling.

University of Hertfordshire

Justyn had our students absolutely engaged right from the beginning of his talk. His frank and honest approach made this talk very accessible to our sixth formers. Justyn’s willingness to answer questions and to challenge the students on their pre-conceived ideas about gambling meant that they left with lots to think about. Students were discussing the talk for several days after Justyn’s visit, which shows that his words had a lasting impact. We are grateful to Justyn for sharing his experience with us, I look forward to arranging further talks for our students.

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