Oli Blackwell

Oli Blackwell

Mentor

I am a Computer Games Programming graduate from the University of Gloucestershire with multiple years of experience developing games within Unity and Unreal Engine using C# and C++. My passion to help and support people who deal with neurodiversity and mental health issues led me to create Riscord, an award-winning text-based adventure game set in an instant messaging application where the player messages with other characters who attend the same college. The story was developed to help bring understanding and empathy to mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD. My experience and understanding of mental health issues will help me support and guide young people to allow them to grow and learn in a safe environment about games development, which is a topic I love.
I believe playing and building games can be an amazing escape for everyone, while also allowing people to explore their imagination and learn new skills, challenging themselves and their problem-solving abilities. I am committed to helping others learn and develop new and existing skills.
I have accredited counselling training and training supporting and understanding those with SEN including ASD, ADHD and PDA. I have provided talks with SEN students in schools about games development which allowed me to interact with students whilst showing them games development projects. I also have personal experience with assisting people with learning difficulties and mental health issues as I have close family members who have autism.
My favourite games to play include Horizon Zero Dawn & Forbidden West, The Last of Us, Mario Kart, Life is Strange and Tom Clancy’s The Division. Currently, I have a Gaming PC, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and a Nintendo Switch. I am happy to accommodate any games on these platforms.
My other interests are Marvel, Music (Metal and Rap) and playing the guitar.
I am fully DBS checked, and have undergone full safeguarding training.

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