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Game Changer – New gaming group opens in Taunton and Bridgwater in Somerset

Local Learning Disability Technology Specialist Alex Roland from Your IT Now wants to change & make a difference through his passion for video gaming. Shocked after reading that over a third (36%) of disabled people report they are still spending too much time alone – the same level as during the peak of lockdown in April (Mencap), he has decided to do something to tackle isolation in Taunton and Bridgwater.

Alex has launched a brand new service for Neurodivergent adults over 18, people with Learning Disabilities and Autism. The service is based around bringing both the people he supports and the wider Learning Disability community together through games and gaming.

Alex says: “Game Changer, is a 3hr session where people can come together to chat, chill and play the latest, greatest games or just play the games they grew up with and love. We specialise in games such as Nintendo’s “Ring-fit adventures” which get people physically as well as mentally active. Gaming isn’t just about people sitting in darkened rooms playing in isolation, it’s a massively important social activity for many people and we want to help people get the most from it.”

Alex also launched ANVG (The Association for neurodiversity in video games) in 2021 which aims to help people with neurodiversity have their voices heard in the Gaming industry.

Game Changer opened its doors on June 6th at the Glass Box Taunton Library by Lizzie Ginbey from Digital Somerset, and 16th June in The Hub Charity, Angel place, Bridgwater for weekly free sessions.

Alex obtained funding for this service from a range of local organisations including Somerset County Council, Somerset Community Foundation and Discovery.

This project is part of Love Community CIC, a strategic umbrella organisation that represents a range of community based initiatives. The company’s key aims are to support activities that will benefit the whole community with the intention of reducing social isolation, increasing community engagement, increasing health and wellbeing, building confidence, forming friendships and learning new skills.

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Posted on 28th June 2022 in Events

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