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Team Norse Thunder are on a mission to help young people from across the West Midlands fight social isolation and loneliness using the power of tabletop gaming.

In 2016 the team was set up as a group of friends playing games together, and in the summer of 2020, the team secured a near-£5,000 grant from UnLtd to help launch a community game store. 

The mission is grounded in helping young people ignite their spark and find their passion, while supporting them achieve their goals, develop as people and academically, while also supporting the development of life skills. 

Social Isolation and Young People

Social isolation and loneliness affects lots of young people across the country. A 2019 YouGov poll showed young people were far more likely to be affected by loneliness than older people. Up to 31% of young people felt lonely often or all the time, and another 7% feeling affected every single day of their lives. 

Social isolation and loneliness goes beyond 'just' feelings - they have real impact on people's daily lives. They harm someone's decision making ability, attention span, long term memory, as well as their physical and mental well-being. Lots of things can cause social isolation and loneliness: health problems, disabilities, family stability and situations, unemployment, access to transport, and much more. 

Our Impact on Young People 

Team Norse Thunder's project looks to create a space for young people to come together, build relationships and social skills, while using the power of games as a tool to grow. Whether it's coming along to casual play sessions, taking part in events, joining the competitive team's roster of players, or working behind the scenes to grow the project, there's something for everyone to get involved in. 

The COVID-19 pandemic pushed the team's activity from the 'real world' onto the web, but an application to become a fully fledged social enterprise was submitted in October 2020. Meanwhile, we have received support from UnLtd, The Prince's Trust and Google.