GamesAid voting: Meet the charities

GamesAid voting: Meet the charities

The UK games industry charity GamesAid is about to reveal the amount of money it has raised for good causes across the UK.

The industry has put forward 19 charities, and now it's up to you to vote for which ones will receive financial support.

You need to be a GamesAid member to vote. It's free and you won't be bombarded with emails. Simply visit GamesAid's website.

Once you've signed up, you'll receive an email Polling Card, and with one click, you can back one of the charities that help disadvantaged young people across the UK. The deadline is September 5th.

MCV has put together this handy guide of the 19 charities up for selection...

Access Sport

This group enhances the life prospects of children by providing opportunities to enjoy the power of sport. The charity builds thriving sports clubs in the most disadvantaged areas of London, Bristol, Manchester and Oxford.

These clubs provide opportunities for local, vulnerable young people, whilst creating a lasting, locally-owned community resource. Their work supports young people aged five to 25, with an emphasis on under 18s who are disabled, disadvantaged or excluded from society.


Accuro

Accuro is a charity that provides high quality support for children, young people and adults with a disability in West Essex.

For over 30 years, it has offered access to leisure and social opportunities via its youth groups, a Saturday Play Club, a school Holiday Scheme, a Drama Project and an Adult Friendship Scheme. The charity's work enhances people's lives by developing their independence, social skills, self-esteem, confidence and by reducing their social isolation.


Action For Kids

This group is working tirelessly to support disabled children, helping them move towards independence by funding vital specialist equipment not available on the NHS.

The charity is also delivering a wide range of education programmes, offering accredited courses in life and work skills. Action For Kids also assists them by providing paid and volunteer work placements, sourcing work opportunities, and providing sporting, social and creative activities.


Aidis Trust

Since 1975, Aidis Trust helps children with physical and learning difficulties to benefit from technology. The charity's ‘Everyone Can Game' service adapts computers to help disabled children play video games and have fun.

Aidis visits disabled children who struggle to socially integrate, helping them to become an active part of a group and form friendships through gaming. The team finds fun games that suit children with varying levels of learning and physical disability.


Apps For Good

This firm aims to grow the next generation of problem-solvers and tech entrepreneurs; young people that learn how to build, market and launch digital tools to solve problems that they care about, changing their world.

Partnering with schools and colleges, Apps for Good trains educators to deliver the programme to students aged 10 to 18 from a diverse range of socio-economic, ethnic and gender backgrounds, transforming the way technology is taught in schools.


Autistica

This charity targets children who are written off, bullied or isolated due to autism.

Autistica says that too many autistic children face a life-long struggle because of a lack of appropriate support and services.

Research has the power to transform this by ensuring that services are based on the best scientific evidence. Autistica exists to harness the potential of cutting-edge science to transform the lives of autistic children and adults.


Blackpool Carers Centre

Blackpool Carers Centre provides a range of services to support and enhance the lives of unpaid carers of all ages throughout Blackpool and The Fylde Coast. Carers provide help and support to a family member who could not manage without their help. This could be due to age, frailty, physical or mental illness, substance misuse or disability.

The Carer Centre offers respite activity and emotional and practical support, which is often a lifeline for many carers who would otherwise feel isolated.


The Clock Tower Sanctuary

Based in Brighton, The Clock Tower Sanctuary is the only drop-in service providing information, advice and support for homeless young people aged 16 to 25 in the city.

It aims to intervene early with vulnerable, isolated young people to help turn their lives around and prevent a potential life of entrenched homelessness.

It provides crisis support to help young people with their immediate needs and help them to unlock their potential.


Impetus

The team is a Brighton and Hove-based charity that helps vulnerable people who are dealing with loneliness and isolation because of disability, poor mental or physical health or age through befriending, advocacy and support services.

We help people make the right connections in their community, build skills which improve lives and wellbeing, and we do this through a large network of trained volunteers.


Jigsaw4U

Jigsaw4U was formed in 1997 to support children and young people through trauma, loss and bereavement. Jigsaw4U undertakes family group work and individual support sessions to help children to communicate their feelings and share these in a safe environment, reducing their feelings of isolation and difference.

The charity also supports communication in families to ensure that parents and children talk about the person who has died.


Lifelites

Lifelites is the only charity that provides specialist inclusive and assistive technologies to help life-limited and disabled children in every hospice in the British Isles to feel ‘normal' for a while.

Thanks to Lifelites, these children are able to play games with their brothers and sisters on a level playing field, use a computer, communicate with their parents and carers and have some control over their lives. Best of all, they can relax with their families and escape from their illness at what is often a difficult time for them.


MAPS

Mentoring, Advocacy, and Peer Support helps children and young people who are experiencing mental or emotional distress and have complex and multiple needs.

These young people have feelings of low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, self-harm, social isolation or risk-taking behaviours. MAPS provides mentors, positive role models, who provide a safe space each week for the young person to unpack life with a trusted adult.


Panathlon

This charity inspires severely disabled, deaf and/or visually impaired young people across England by giving new opportunities in sport, officiating, coaching and leadership.

The Panathlon Foundation had over 10,000 disabled young people involved in the 2015-16 school year, through 242 activity days of sport and 1,590 leaders associated with these days across 27 countries.


Parenting Special Children

This Berkshire charity offers a range of free workshops, courses and one-to-one support to families who have children with special needs, including ADHD, autism and looked after and adopted children.

Parenting Special Children is unique in that all of those working and volunteering for the charity are parents of children with special needs themselves, as well as having a professional background in health or education.


Roundabout

This is Sheffield's local youth housing charity, which provides shelter, support and life skills to over 150 young people everyday who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

It provides emergency accommodation at its hostel for homeless 16 to 21 year-olds in Sheffield, a range of medium term accommodation in safe bedsits and in shared housing throughout the city. It also supports young people to live in their own accommodation, who might otherwise struggle to do so – putting them at risk.


Safe@Last

Safe@Last provides services and support for children and young people who are at risk of harm before, during and after running away in South Yorkshire. The charity offers a range of services for young people from prevention to crisis intervention, including a helpline, prevention and education programme and specialised support for young people and their families.

It aims to reduce running away and young people making risky choices associated with running away.


Solving Kids' Cancer

The team here helps children, and their families, who are affected by the rarest and most aggressive childhood cancers. It offers emotional, practical and clinical support to families, and helps children to access cutting-edge clinical trials available outside the UK, which represent their best chance of survival.

Putting the immediate needs of families at the centre of their work, the team fights childhood cancer on all fronts; through research, education and awareness.


Special Effect

‘The gamer charity' puts fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to play games.

By using technology ranging from modified joypads to eye-control, it's finding a way for people to play to the very best of their abilities.

But they're not just doing it for fun. By levelling the playing field, they're bringing families and friends together, having a positive impact on therapy, confidence and rehabilitation.


Uprising

The UK has some of the lowest level of social mobility in the developed world. Uprising therefore recruits talented young people from disadvantaged communities to become tomorrow's socially-conscious leaders by enabling them to take part in its Leadership Programme.

Here they learn how the power landscape works, how they can influence it, how to present themselves and their chosen causes, and how to use networks to achieve
their aims.

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