Sporting Memories

by stephanie jones in Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales

Sporting Memories

We want to use the power of sport and the Ospreys brand to engage with older, socially isolated members of our community across Ospreylia.

by stephanie jones in Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales

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This project is using Flexible funding and will receive all pledges made by November 27th 2018 at 12:00pm

We want to use the power of sport and the Ospreys brand to engage with older, socially isolated members of our community across Ospreylia and bring them together to share memories, re-connect and improve / maintain their physical and mental health The project will be launched in partnership with Sporting Memories and key local organisations. By partnering with the Charity Sporting Memories, it will enable us to join a national sporting memories network (www.sportingmemoriesnetwork.com). Sporting Memories have extensive expertise and evidence base in relation to tools and resources that utilise reminiscence and sporting memories to bring people together The project will also create many volunteering opportunities for both project participants and the wider community, ensuring that we have a clear intergenerational element to the project. As well as volunteering, the project will also have clear support for ensuring that older people are able to improve or maintain their physical and mental health, whilst tackling social isolation. Working in partnership with a range of organisations we will identify older people who are living with dementia, their carers and peers to create weekly groups for older sports fans in accessible, local venues such as rugby clubs, community centres and leisure facilities. The groups will be hosted by libraries, sheltered homes, sports clubs and community centres. Sporting memories groups will promote physical and mental wellbeing through fun, stimulating and friendly activities that will help group members to reminisce, and tell their own personal stories of watching or participating in sports, and provide opportunities to try out playing new sports. The project will create a network of groups that are dementia friendly, engaging older people living with dementia and their carers who might otherwise find they become isolated and are no longer engaged with sport or their peers. Opportunities to reminisce can be therapeutic for people living with dementia and can improve the mood, cognitive ability and well-being of those with mild to moderate dementia. Monthly meetings held at the Liberty Stadium and other key locations within the region will provide a forum for carers to also enjoy the activities, gain information from supporting organisations and join with others living with dementia to help shape the groups and develop the projects further.