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Thunder Set to Launch Community Project

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Team Norse Thunder are celebrating after securing a near-£5,000 grant which will see the launch of a community-focused local game store.

Thanks to an UnLtd ‘Do It’ grant, the team are setting up a social enterprise which aims to help beat social isolation and loneliness among teenagers and young adults in the region through the power of tabletop gaming.

The exact location of the Birmingham store will be announced in the near future, but in the meantime, coffee shops and community hubs will play host to events. While social distancing rules are in place, events will be held online and streamed on the team's new Twitch channel

Speaking about the project, Dave Scotford, Team Norse Thunder’s owner said: “The team has always been about giving people an opportunity, and this is an extension of that.

“Even before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, social isolation and loneliness was a massive issue for young people and one that hasn't been talked about often enough.

“Something like a third of young people reports feeling lonely often or all the time and that can have a devastating effect on a person’s life - everything from employment prospects to physical and mental health can be impacted.

“The project is all about trying to bring young people together in a fun, safe environment where they can build a solid friendship group and enjoy themselves.”