The six charities in with a shot of grabbing GamesAid funding this year have been named.
Voting is now open for GamesAid members and will remain so until just before midnight on the night of Saturday September 14th. Votes can be registered here.
All eligible organisations must have a turnover of 5m or less, have running costs of no more than 30 per cent and focus on children or young adults.
This year's charities are:
Children/adults with a disability are at the heart of all we do which essentially is providing a range of services to meet their needs & wishes in ways that encourage individuals to develop independence, self-confidence, life/social skills; to reduce social isolation; to enable access to opportunities otherwise not available, etc.
Action For Kids works closely with families of disabled children and young people to help them deal with the barriers to independence by funding specialist equipment, offering family support and providing a wide range of education and training options and access to work programmes.
Lifelites is a unique charity using specialist technologies to give terminally ill children in hospices the chance to: play with their brothers and sisters; communicate and learn; and, in a life dictated by their illness, to be able to control something for themselves - irrespective of their disabilities.
MAPS is a specialist mentoring programme in schools, which provides young people referred with a long-term mentor who supports them intensively for 12 months. We address emotional, behavioural and motivational issues to improve educational attainment and engagement. MAPS expertly place people who listen with young people who need to be heard.
SAFE@LAST provides a range of services to support young people who are at risk through running away and, as a result, are at risk of becoming involved in dangerous lifestyles choices such as taking drugs, abusing alcohol, sleeping rough, having unsafe sex, missing school and much more.
SpecialEffect is the only specialist UK-based charity dedicated to helping ALL people with disabilities enjoy video games – from injured soldiers to young disabled people who can't play any other way. They're also changing the way the whole WORLD plays through collaboration with developers and acclaimed online information service – the ‘GameBase'.