GamesAid is reaching out to young people with MAPS
MAPS (Mentoring, Advocacy, and Peer Support) www.mapsmentoring.co.uk helps children and young people throughout the London borough of Sutton, who have complex needs or who have experienced difficulties across various facets of their lives, by providing support of a one to one volunteer mentor.
MAPS mentors meet their mentees once a week for a year. GamesAid funding means that children and young people aged 8-21 have the opportunity to meet and talk about issues that might be affecting them, receive support and guidance, learn new skills, try new activities, and have fun!
Over the past year, MAPS has seen a noticeable rise in the confidence of the mentees they support. In their recent report, they have found that mentees have had a 35% increase in ‘Empowerment’ and ‘Positive Identity’. The young people they have supported feel in control of things that happen to them; an incredibly important factor to those struggling with emotional and mental health issues. Helen Gasparelli, MAPS Manager said “Simply put, GamesAid saves lives. MAPS support some of the most vulnerable and marginalised young people in the borough. Our report shows that early intervention, and positive mentoring works. Thanks to GamesAid, we can continue this work and make a real difference.”
GamesAid funds have also led to MAPS growing its team of staff, including mentoring coordinators qualified as Emotional, Literacy Support Assistants (ELSA), and more recently, has enabled MAPS to offer mentees the chance to engage in activities that many of us take for granted, like trampolining, Go-Karting, and playing video games. Such activities greatly help boost the social competencies of mentees who are dealing with low self-esteem, challenging family relationships, abuse, loss, and bereavement, poor mental health, being a young carer, difficult peer relationships, being bullying or are socially isolated. MAPS helps connect mentees with their community, improve their confidence, and raise their aspirations so they achieve their full potential.
For more information on the work that MAPS does, visit www.mapsmentoring.co.uk. If you wish to help charities like MAPS, becoming a member of GamesAid is FREE and our Twitter and Facebook pages are full of great ideas to get fundraising!