If you work in the UK games industry, or know someone that does, please help us become a chosen charity for GamesAid in 2016.
If you haven’t heard of them before GamesAid is a UK based video games charity which acts as an umbrella organisation to support smaller charities who help disadvantaged and disabled children and young people.
Last year SAFE@LAST received £70,500 from GamesAid to help support our work with vulnerable children. This amazing support enabled us to continue to help young people who felt they had no choice but to run away. In the last year GamesAid funding helped us support 90 young people.
We provided support to young people experiencing a range of issues including conflict and arguments between young people and parent/carers, bereavement, family relationships breakdown, anti-social behaviour, absent parents, criminal activity, mental health and emotional wellbeing, being accommodated in Local Authority Care, regressive behaviour, peer pressure, domestic abuse, self-harming, historical abuse, substance misuse and legal highs, anger management and self-control and low self-esteem. We supported them for as long as they needed.
Each year around 100,000 children and young people in the UK run away from home or care and South Yorkshire Police received reports of 2,109 children going missing in 2014/2015. Running away or going missing is recognised as a symptom that something is not well in a child’s life. When things go wrong young people do not always know how, or feel able, to ask for help. Instead, many of them run away from home or care and become exposed to great risks in order to survive. Children who run away from home or care are some of the most vulnerable children in our society.
Please use your vote to help us keep them safe.
If you’re already a member of GamesAid you will receive an e-mail polling card, listing all of the charities that nominated and it would be amazing if you’d use your one click to help children in South Yorkshire. Or if you’re not a member yet you can easily join – it’s completely free and you can sign up here!
Remember you’ve got to work in the UK Games Industry to be able to join and vote so if that’s not what you do please spread the word with anyone you know who does!
Voting closes on Monday 5th September.