Vote now help us get GamesAid funding!Posted on 31st August 2016 by Jo Ivens
We are delighted to have been nominated for GamesAid funding, which would support our work with young people and adults with Asperger’s Syndrome at a critical time for our ASpire project. The special element of GamesAid funding is that it is voted for by its members, people who are involved in the gaming industry.
Gaming is very close to many of our service users with Asperger’s who attend our ASpire social group. Gaming can provide people with Asperger’s with a unique opportunity to socialise, communicate and make friends. New game releases and favourite games are often a hot topic of conversation amongst our service users, who can struggle to communicate due to their condition.
Asperger’s is a form of autism, a lifelong disability that affects how a person makes sense of the world and relates to others. People with Asperger’s often face significant challenges with social communication and interaction which can result in social isolation, difficulties in establishing relationships and barriers to employment or education.
Our ASpire service helps members improve their confidence, social and communication skills and reduce feelings of isolation and anxiety. We achieve this through mentoring – matching trained peer volunteers with service users to focus on achieving life and skills goals via weekly support sessions and email support, and through social groups – providing a trusted, safe space for people to make friends, improve social skills, and have fun (which often includes playing video games!)
Funding from GamesAid would be spent on recruiting and training peer volunteers, staff time to coordinate the project, social group activities and equipment such as a games console.
If you work in the games industry, or know someone who does, please vote for Impetus – and help us change lives for the better. Visit http://www.gamesaid.org/voting-is-open/ for more information.