Duke of Edinburgh Award
We are proud to work in partnership with the Duke of Edinburgh Award to support you to achieve either the Bronze, Silver or Gold DofE Award. Our Youth Advisory Board has lots of opportunities for you to complete the volunteering section of your award.
What is the Board about?
Our Youth Advisory Board (also known as YAB) will give young people the chance to be at the heart of decision making in GamCare. The YAB will ensure our work is relevant and meets the needs of young people throughout the UK.
Below are ways you can get involved and achieve your DofE Award.
Who can take part?
- Any young person aged 11-17 interested can join.
- We welcome young people from all communities, backgrounds and beliefs, especially those that feel unheard within society.
- Whether you gamble yourself, experiencing gambling related harm, affected by someone else’s gambling or have never gambled at all, you are invited to take part.
See what the Youth Advisory Board has achieved this year
We meet at 6.30pm every Monday and Thursday on Zoom. You only need to attend one session per week.
The only requirement we have is that you are aged 11-17 years old and want to improve our services for young people.
Of course, you can participate in the YAB for as long as you want to.
Anyone aged 11-17 years old can take part in the YAB, not only those completing their DofE Award.
Your contribution will make a difference in how we reach young people in an engaging way to ensure they understand the risks of gambling and know where to get support if they ever need it. Our Annual Report video above and achievement list below shows how that was achieved last year.
Yes, after completing at least 3 months with the YAB we can provide a reference.
Join the Youth Advisory Board
“It was an amazing experience being part of the YAB, for DofE and just for helping the community.
I have met different people, from all different types of backgrounds. We shared many thoughts, opinions and experiences, that helped me to gain a better understanding about gambling. It was wonderful being here, thank you.”
Sadiya, Youth Advisor 2022-23
Priorities for 2023-24
- Digital Development
- Strategic Input
- The Gambling Act Review
- Raising awareness by public speaking
Last year’s achievements
Do you want to know more about gambling or need to speak to someone about your or someone close to you’s gambling? You can find out more here
Discuss your award
If you have any further questions about how you can complete your award with our Youth Advisory Board, click the button below to complete our expression of interest form or email our YAB Leader at: YAB@gamcare.org.uk
If you are a youth-facing professional or a parent of a young person interested in the YAB, you can receive free CPD-accredited training which covers gambling and how it can become harmful, how to safeguard young people if they choose to gamble, and information on gaming. You can find out more here.