Gaming pillowsIf you work in the UK Video Games Industry, or know someone who does, you could help us receive much needed funding to support vulnerable children and young people.

GamesAid is the charitable arm of the UK Video Games Industry. Each year it raises thousands of pounds, which is used to support smaller charities who help vulnerable children and young people in the UK.

Last year, our mentoring and advocacy project, MAPS, received a staggering £70,500 from the charity to help support our work with children and young people who have complex and challenging life circumstances.

If you work in the UK games industry, you can help us access more GamesAid funding this year by becoming a member and voting MAPS!

MAPS supports some of the most vulnerable and marginalised young people in the borough, who often have multiple and complex needs or have experienced difficulties across various facets of their lives. These challenges include low self-esteem, family breakdown, abuse, loss and bereavement, poor mental health, self-harm, having thoughts of suicide, being a young carer, struggling within school or experiencing bullying, although the list is not exhaustive; MAPS strives to support any young person in need.

Thanks to GamesAid, MAPS was able to continue its mission last year to provide children and young people in need with a volunteer mentor who met with them every week for a year, providing them with a safe space to unpack life, a listening ear and a positive environment in which they could simply be a kid. In less than 5 minutes, you could help us continue to bring positive changes to the lives of a young person in need by joining GamesAid and voting for us.

The process is simple and free: register online to become a GamesAid member, and use the email polling card you'll receive to vote for one of the charities. Please vote MAPS and change a life of a young person in need!

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Voting is open 15th August – 05th September 2016. 

Register and vote today!