Billy Tidman

Billy Tidman

Mentor

Hello, my name is Billy. I have a background in Learning and Development, previously working for my local authority. I have experience working with young children and their carers. In my previous role, I was responsible for delivering training to parents and carers in order to equip them with the knowledge to further support their children. 

I am looking forward to starting with MindJam to share my experience with mentees and my peers, as well as being able to learn from them too. When I heard about MindJam, I knew it would be the perfect role for me because of my passion with gaming and engaging with others. Having struggled in mainstream school because I felt isolated due to being neurodiverse and not fitting in, gaming has helped me to become part of a wider community. I have met new people and made some incredible friends and as a result feel more comfortable being myself. 

When I was 16 my kidneys failed, this meant I needed regular dialysis treatment 3 times a week. I spent a lot of time in hospital which meant I had less connections to the outside world. I first started playing Destiny(1) in 2014 shortly after it had released, this is where I thrived. I met my core group of friends who understood me, a world inside a game that allowed me hours upon hours of happiness and being able to learn new things. Gaming is misunderstood, a universe within a world on Minecraft that allows you to build anything you desire. I will always be an advocate for the positivity that gaming will bring to our lives, there is a game out there for everyone. May it be a platform game, a Massive Multiplayer Online(MMO) game, a racing game or any sports game in particular. 

Outside of gaming, I am a huge Coventry City supporter with a season ticket for over 15 years and regularly attend games with my partner and friends. I enjoy building LEGO, going to the cinema and walking my dog. My enjoyment of music is varied, I have attended concerts for Kings of Leon, Tom Grennan, McFly, Green Day plus others. 

Favourite Games

My favourite games are ESO, Truck Simulator, Stardew Valley, FIFA(FC24), Football Manager, Dstiny, Forza, Elden Ring and many more.

 

Hobbies

Outside of gaming, I am a huge Coventry City supporter with a season ticket for over 15 years and regularly attend games with my partner and friends. I enjoy building LEGO, going to the cinema and walking my dog. My enjoyment of music is varied, I have attended concerts for Kings of Leon, Tom Grennan, McFly, Green Day plus others. 

We'd love to hear from you.

If you would like our team to get in touch with you to discuss how we can help you and your young people through our services, please feel free to fill out our contact form, and we will be in touch as soon as possible to talk you through enrolling with one of our mentors or counsellors

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