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Meet the Team

BigDeal works across the nation to offer training and support to young people and youth professionals. Here are some of the people you might be meeting at your next BigDeal event.

Gifty Oduro-Anyan

Hi, I’m Gifty and I lead GamCare’s youth outreach programme, BigDeal. As well as establishing partnerships, providing direction and coordination for BigDeals’s national programme, I run workshops with young people to equip them with the skills to make safer choices around gambling and trains professional to confidently interact with young people on the issue of problem gambling.

I have a background in Economic Evaluation and experience mentoring and working with young people in organisations such as the Challenge. I deliver sessions to young people and professionals in London region! Please feel to contact me regarding delivering any sessions or ideas you’d like to work on with BigDeal in London.

Contact: | Tel: 07366977024


Nick Herbert

Hi, I’m Nick the Gambling Service Young People Worker covering South-West England and South Wales. My role is to deliver gambling awareness workshops to children and young people aged 11-19 and to professionals who work with young people, across Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Bath and NE Somerset, Wiltshire and South Wales. I am an Individual with extensive experience of supporting and educating vulnerable children and young people. Prior to working for Gamcare, I managed student services in Further Education Colleges for 15 years and have substantial knowledge and experience on safeguarding, child protection, mental health and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). I have a recognised counselling qualification, as well as a qualification in education and training. In my spare time, I enjoy running half-marathons. Please feel free to contact me if you wish to book a workshop for either young people or professionals who work with young people.

Contact: : | Tel: 07367 780904


Jack Killingray

Hi, I’m Jack the Youth and Young Adult Outreach worker for Yorkshire and Humberside region. I deliver education and training to professionals, Young adults and Young people aged 11-19 and 18-24 within this region and help people understand the risks and how to identify signs and symptoms of problem gambling.


Jan Young

Hello. My name is Jan Young and I am the Big Deal Outreach Worker for the North East of England.

I’ve worked for a charity called NECA for nearly 18years. Neca is one of the largest regional charities working in the area of substance use and Gambling, we have increasingly diversified in the range of services we provide to ensure we tailor packages to meet need of both Adults ,Young people and families.

In the past 18 years working for NECA, I have been a treatment worker and a manager in Substance misuse, Alcohol and Gambling treatment services for adults and young people. For the last several years I have worked in the health improvement services where I primarily delivered awareness raising sessions on responsible drinking, as well as smoking and sexual health.

I began my role as a Big Deal Outreach worker in April 2019.  I cover the whole of the North East and I deliver gambling awareness raising sessions to young people aged 11-19 years and the professionals who work with them.  I deliver youth sessions in many different settings, including youth projects, schools, colleges and other educational settings as well as delivering workshops to professionals in the NHS, Youth Workers, Social work teams, childminders, and alternative education teachers.

If you think you would like a free workshop for either your young people or staff, please contacts me to arrange a date and a time.

Contact: | Tel: (0191) 5623309 | Mobile: 07717854026


Matt Burgiss

Hi, I’m Matt and I am work as youth outreach officer on the Bigdeal project for GamCare. I work across the south east and east of England region covering Kent, Essex, Sussex and Norfolk.

I have been involved In the charity sector for around 3 and a half years and in my previous role I co-ordinated the development of youth work projects across my home county of Kent.

My role here at GamCare is to deliver problem gambling awareness sessions to young people in schools and youth clubs as well as training youth professionals helping them identify a young person with gambling problems.

For me, gambling related harm is such an important and current issue and I enjoy working everyday to raise awareness and keep young people safe and educated on the topic.

Contact: | Tel: 0207 801 7000


Suhayl Patel

Hi, I’m Suhayl and I’m please to be part of the GamCare Youth Outreach team to educate young people around gambling related harm. I am passionate about working with Black and Minority Ethnic groups (BAME), creating conversations and breaking barriers and stigma around gambling related harms.

My lived experience of gambling related harm and journey in overcoming many cultural and religious barriers will only serve to empower young people, particularly from the BAME community, to make healthy and informed choices.

I have significant experience in co-developing frameworks for engaging young people in education and discussing what can often be deemed as difficult and controversial topics. However, our beliefs are ‘sunlight is the best cleanser’ and the old question about moral responsibility ‘if not us, who?’


Heather Teasdale

Hello, my name is Heather Teasdale and I am the Big Deal Outreach Worker for the North East of England. I had previously been employed by NECA, a Regional Charity, for 18 years, working in Training and Development.

I began my Big Deal Young Peoples Outreach Worker role in August 2019 and I cover the whole of the North East Region. I deliver gambling awareness raising sessions to young people aged 11-19 years and the professionals who work with them.

If you think you would like a free workshop for either your young people or staff, please contact me to arrange a date and a time.

Contact: | Tel: 0191 4146446 | Mobile: 07711372578

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