Football memories to help people with dementia

Pictured with the �790, are, from left - Betty Watson, Ann Thomson, Peter Davidson, Iris Mair and Helen Anderson.
Pictured with the �790, are, from left - Betty Watson, Ann Thomson, Peter Davidson, Iris Mair and Helen Anderson.

What’s your favourite football memory? The one moment that makes the hairs on your neck stand on end when you think back on it?

Maybe it was meeting your idol and discovering that they were everything you hoped. Perhaps it was a special goal that you can still see when you close your eyes. Maybe it was something more personal. Sometimes it’s not about what you were watching, but who you were watching it with.

Links Park Community Trust is developing a programme which will use memories of football to improve the life of people with dementia.

The programme which has been developed by Alzheimers Scotland, allows those with dementia to reminisce about their favourite teams, players and matches of days gone by.

Links Park Community Trust is collecting names of those interested in participating in the project, either directly or via a friend of family member, but the charity is also keen to hear from anyone who would be willing to support in the programme as a voluntary Football Memories leader.

“To assist in the delivery of the initiative, we are looking for people who like to talk about football, preferably of years gone by,” said Andrew Westcott, Project Officer at LPCT.

“By volunteering to lead one of our local reminiscence groups, you can improve the lives of people with dementia by helping them talk about the games and the players of their past. We’ll train you to plan and lead these discussions. You’ll make a big difference and have a lot of fun in the process.”

So whether you are able and willing to help, or know of someone who could benefit from joining the group, please call 01674 677582 or email projects@linksparkct.org.uk

A coffee morning was held in aid of Links Park Community Trust last month, and customers were asked to vote on which of Links Park Community Trust’s proposed programmes, from a choice of three, they would like to see the proceeds directed towards.

Andrew continued: “We are very grateful to Ann Thomson and Iris Mair for their support of our work. They are unsung heroes in our community, raising funds on almost a weekly basis.”

Peter Davidson, LPCT project manager added: “Assisted by Helen Anderson, Betty Watson and Isobel Fowlie, they raised nearly £800 which we are delighted to direct towards our proposed Football Memories initiative.”