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Our Team

Gamely Connect is a family owned and run business.

All our support staff hold a current Yellow card and Blue card and a Cert III or Cert IV in Individual Support (Disability).

Meet Ellis

Support worker, director & games master

Ellis Bear is a disability support worker, who for several years now has had an over-booked service supporting Autistic adults in the Ipswich region.​

 

When his first daughter was born in 2022, the rental crisis saw his new family forced to move to Moreton Bay, yet he has continued to travel 4 hours a day to Ipswich to be with the clients he so loves working with.​

 

Now, he’s excited to begin building a new community in Caboolture and to reach more participants than before by starting his own company, and creating a space where he can have a big impact.​

 

As a qualified chef with a Bachelor degree of Music, as well as a Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability), Ellis brings a wealth of life experience and education into his work.​

 

Social anxiety and neurodiversity often go hand-in-hand, but Ellis has discovered how gaming can be a powerful tool for helping people to feel safe in a public space.​

 

He is a board game and video gaming enthusiast, an experienced Dungeons & Dragons games master, and an avid reader with a keen interest in psychology, wellbeing, connection & community.

Meet Maddie

Behind-the-scenes admin & finance

Ellis met his partner Maddie at university in 2016 where the two studied a Bachelor of Music together.​ After they graduated, Maddie ran her own music business until 2022 when the couple welcomed their first daughter.​

 

Seeing Ellis’ passion for working with neurodiverse individuals grow over the years Maddie has learned a lot about neurodiversity and shares Ellis’ vision of improving outcomes for this group.​

 

Maddie’s key focus is on building the foundation and nurturing the back-end of Gamely Connect, including the financials, marketing, legal and administration of the business, allowing Ellis the space to focus on his participants, understanding their uniqueness and helping them to move towards their individual goals.

Meet Sam

Support Worker
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Sam is a warm, energetic and enthusiastic member of our team with a wealth of life experience across different professions including as a maintenance fitter, wildlife officer, project supervisor and warehouse worker.

 

However it is in disability support work that he believes he has found the profession for him. He is particularly interested in how gaming can be used to improve quality of life for individuals facing the unique challenges of neurodiversity.

Sam a lover of all games with a particular enthusiasm for tabletop gaming. He has four years experience as a Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon Master and loves to focus his campaigns on collaboration, cooperation and problem solving -  skills important for everyone regardless of ability and aptitude.
 

Meet James

Support Worker
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James is a support worker who in early 2023 found his calling in the support industry and enjoys working with a variety of clients from neurodriverse backgrounds.

 

James has recently completed a diploma of counselling and is considering further study. He is a life long gamer with a keen interest in fps games. James also enjoys board games, tabletops, sports, TV and Movies.

Meet Rachel

Support Worker
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Rachel is a mental health support worker with extensive experience working with neurodiverse adults and children.

 

She completed a Bachelor of Psychology in 2023 and enjoys board games, video games, anime, reading, creative writing, painting and drawing.

Meet Tyson

Support Worker
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Tyson is a kind, caring, friendly and passionate Disability Support Worker with 8 years experience. He has a Diploma of Community Services and a Cert III in Multi Media. 

His favourite game types are RPGs, co-op, shooters and anything that builds teamwork overall including The Witcher, Halo, Balder's Gate 3 and Skyrim.  

Outside of work his hobbies include karate, escape rooms, DND, reading, exercise, going on nature adventures and meditation. 

Meet Sian

Support Worker
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Sian is a support worker with a keen focus on helping teens live within their true authenticity.

 

She is currently completing her Diploma of Counselling and in her spare time she enjoys reading her favourite novels, playing boardgames or Dungeons and Dragons, and spending time with her family.  

In founding Gamely Connect, we are excited to create a tailored space that carefully considers the sensory, mental and emotional needs of the neurodiverse community.

 

We want to build a thriving community of participants and families who come to us initially to play some games in an accessible space, but over time to intentionally practice social skills, to attend social events nights, and be with others who understand their lived experience.

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