We’re a charity that exist’s to take gaming to anyone who would benefit from it. Learn more below!
The People’s Meeples came about from a recognition that getting together around a table to play games can have a huge range of social benefits, and a desire to take this to more people. It was founded by a group of people from tea@Hart, a gaming tea room in Hartlepool: a mix of regular gamers, managers, and owners.
Recognising the Benefits
Some forms of gaming are proven to develop empathy, we also believe it’s a less-threatening way to help people with anxiety to engage in social activities, they can help to delay symptoms of dementia through the practice of forward planning and adaptation which enhance working memory and logical reasoning. They can be used to aid teaching numeracy and probability, and have been used in a range of situations to improve the understanding of concepts and retention of information in adult learners, and specific games have been developed for family therapy settings to encourage conversation in non-threatening environments.
But we’re not talking about Monopoly (although some people love that!). Over recent years there’s been a plethora of new board games. Some more traditional games can be quite long, or don’t involve much interaction, or don’t give the player many choices, or involve people being ‘out’ before the end so the player has to sit and watch others play. Most modern games have lots of interaction, more strategy, and everyone has fun until the last moment.
As a charity we exist to take gaming to anyone who would benefit from it. You can help by volunteering to teach people games, or by showing your support and becoming a member.
Favourite Game: Dixit. I have lots of games I love, but this is a perennial fave and is the game that really whet my appetite for taking up gaming as a hobby (thanks to a friend – Ian) . It’s basically a kind of story telling and guessing game, with beautifully produced artwork.
When I’m not playing a game I’m: Working at the University of Leeds as a researcher, or walking a dog.
People's Meeples, c/o tea@Hart, 102 York Road, Hartlepool, TS26 9DE