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How we’re helping during lockdown

It’s been nearly 7 weeks since we closed our Technology & Gaming Centre and we miss everyone so much – the big smiles, the loud volume of laughter even the Mario Kart theme tune!

Although we’re working from home and can’t help the disabled community face to face we want everyone to know we can still help and what we’ve been doing so far over the past few weeks.

A big part of our charity is our accessible gaming sessions, every week we host gaming sessions for disabled children and disabled adults. It is a great way for them to socialise, gain confidence and make friends. Now with everyone facing isolation we want to keep in touch with our gamers and ensure they’re still able to socialise with their Everyone Can family. This is why we’ve introduced daily online gaming sessions, although we can’t see their smiling faces it still gives us an opportunity to game with them and have a chat.

The feedback from the children has been great so far, Dylan says it’s the highlight of his day when he can get online and game with us. Sam is also really enjoying the gaming sessions because he can enjoy multi-player games with other people, he likes getting to talk to the other players and have a laugh!

In these bleak times each smile we put on a child’s face is a win!

Believe it or not, our assessments still haven’t stopped either! We usually get people to come to our centre or we go to their home to do assessments, but obviously at the moment we’re unable to do that. So the assessment team have been working hard with service users over the phone and even via video calls.

Andrew has helped a number of service users over the phone with technical support and also helping ensure people can game! I am sure we can all agree video games are great during lockdown, they’re loads of fun and pass the time. But imagine if your disability held you back from gaming? That’s why we’re continuing to help disabled gamers the best we can!

Here is one example of someone we have helped during lockdown…

Daniel is a stroke survivor and consequently is unable to use his right hand side. He wants to be able to play online with his friends on his PlayStation 4 during lockdown, but needs the correct set up to play one handed. After a video call with Andrew we’ve helped pick out the best assistive technology to get him gaming. As soon as the equipment arrives Andrew will help him set it all up over the phone so he’ll be gaming online with friends in no time! Daniel says he is really excited to get online as it will keep him busy and having fun during lockdown. He also said he can’t wait to attend our gaming sessions once lockdown is over!

There are more assessments lined up over the next few weeks so we will report back on those in the next newsletter!

If you or anyone you know requires any support please get in touch with us on contact@everyonecan.org.uk and we will try our best to help you over the phone or over a video call.

If you want to support Everyone Can to help us continue our services then you can donate here! Or get in touch with Nikki for a fundraising pack – nicola.jones@everyonecan.org.uk 

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