A STONEHOUSE youth worker is taking on a gaming marathon to raise awareness of youth loneliness and funds for The Door Youth Project
Inspired by the Red Cross’s #GamingForGood movement, Isak Sandgren-Clarke is gearing up for a mammoth day and night of gaming.
Playing everything from Among Us, Fortnite and Fall Guys to Pokemon and Fifa, Isak will be joined by special guests throughout the day to cheer him on and keep him on his toes during his 20 hours session.
“The last 12 months have had an impact on us all, and at The Door we know that when it comes to offering support there is no ‘one size fits all’ way to help people deal with what life has thrown at them,” said Isak.
“Recently we’ve found more and more young people finding their communities in online spaces, whether it is the videos they watch, the groups they follow, or the games they play, young people are being shaped by the online environment they are in.
“As a youth worker I set out to be a positive role model to the young people we support, whether in youth clubs, in schools or in the community. Their online community should be no different.
“As well as raising funds for The Door, I’m doing this challenge to remind young people that even in these times of lockdown and social-distancing that there is still somewhere they can come together.
“Gaming gives them a safe space to engage with friends, socialise and have fun with others, even when we are apart.”
Isak said he is really looking forward to his mammoth gaming session.
“It’s going to be tough and I’m not sure how good my moves will be by the 20th hour but I am really looking forward to it,” he said.
“Please do tune in and watch along as I try to maintain my sanity.
“I’ll have the youth work team and special guests joining me along the way I’m sure there will be plenty of banter to keep our spirits high.
“And of course if you can, please make a donation to The Door to help me reach my fundraising target of £500.
“Your donations will go straight towards making sure we can give the best possible support to young people and their families as we all adapt to the new normal that lies ahead.”
For full details of Isak’s Challenge and to donate visit thedoor.org.uk/isak