New dementia support group in Cleethorpes uses sport to tackle loneliness
Sporting Memories, a charity that helps older people face the challenges of dementia, depression and loneliness by bringing people together to share their love of sport, is launching a new dementia support group in Cleethorpes.
Starting on January 16th 2018, the group will meet every Tuesday at 10am in the Mariners Trust’s Lower Bar at Blundell Park, Grimsby Town Football Club.
Kristine Green, Sporting Memories Group Leader, says “I’m delighted to be able to offer free Sporting Memories sessions to members of the community who might be feeling withdrawn or lonely or are living with dementia.”
“By sharing memories of sporting moments and tapping into their passion for sport we’ll help people to connect with one another and get involved in gentle but competitive exercise too.”
Working in partnership with Grimsby Town Football Club, Grimsby Town Sport and Education Trust and local health and care organisations, The Sporting Memories Foundation already runs several successful groups across the Yorkshire and Humber area. In 2014 they won the Alzheimer's Society award for 'Best National Dementia Friendly Initiative' and the groups have proved both enjoyable and beneficial for both those with dementia and their carers.
The new Cleethorpes group has been set up using funds from HMT St Hugh's Hospital in Grimsby which has made an initial donation of £5,000 as part of its commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of the community across North East Lincolnshire.
For more information visit The Sporting Memories website http://www.sportingmemoriesnetwork.com/d1327/yorkshire_and_humber