Using imagined worlds to create better realities.

Three people playing games

Staying connected during COVID-19:

Even though we can’t see you in person, we’re running a huge range of interactive sessions and activities online.

For more information and a timetable of sessions, check out the Participate page.

A place where gamers enjoy their hobbies while breaking down barriers.

Discover how the power of gaming can help level up social skills and build resilience.

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At GAMER, we use gaming as an engaging vehicle for growth. We aim to build confidence, resilience and communication in those who struggle with isolation. The social environment is built around people with like-minded interests, where a love of gaming and pop-culture is not only accepted — it’s celebrated!

People participating in this program have all dealt with factors affecting socialisation, be it mental health challenges, Autism spectrum disorder or bullying. At GAMER, participants are encouraged to develop interpersonal skills at their pace.

GAMER currently operates out of Geelong, Werribee and Frankston. Contact us to find out the latest schedule.

How does gaming help participants?

The skills learned from gaming have resulted in many of our participants achieving significant goals — from working or volunteering, to finishing school or attending the PAX expo (the biggest gaming expo in the Southern Hemisphere)!

The steps that participants achieve with us include:

  • Building self-identity and confidence.
  • Being able to effectively communicate ideas, wants and needs.
  • Developing frustration tolerance, coping strategies and problem solving
  • Understanding the needs and wants of others and the consequences of actions.
  • Understanding teamwork and seeing its value in achieving larger goals.

Our programs:

Come and try session:

Our GAMER sites offer a one-off trial session if you’d like to try the program before committing to a full term.
Contact us for info about trial sessions, including organising a meet and greet and getting the latest schedule.

What to expect from a GAMER session:

This is a place for gamers, where we celebrate what we love and play. And we love sharing our space with new participants!

About the sessions:
  • We have youth-focused programs for under 18s, as well as sessions for young adults (18+).
  • All trained facilitators have a mental health and youth focus
  • We can cater for those that are more sensitive to sounds/sensory experiences.
  • We link everything we do in gaming to “the real world” which helps bolster the interpersonal skills that have been built.
The gaming environment:
  • Safe, inclusive, relevant and structured.
  • Everyone’s voice is equal.
  • We take the games that participants love and use them to achieve life improving goals.
  • Creative activities such as role-playing, miniature painting, art or drawing allow you to explore your interests in a relevant and enthusiastic setting.

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LGBT Inclusive

Acknowledgement:

genU GAMER acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians as the first nations people of the lands where we live, learn and work. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

We also acknowledge the long history of storytelling in Australian Indigenous cultures, and the way stories are used bring people together.

The genU GAMER podcast:

Providing a platform to help GAMER participants share their opinions, thoughts, and love for gaming as a medium.

Listen online or on Spotify

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