Non Executive Chair
Wales Area Project Co-Ordinator
[email protected] or phone 07809467512
Our Clubs are led by experienced Session Facilitators, who may be Sporting Memories staff or volunteers. Our staff and volunteers who are delivering sessions take part in comprehensive Sporting Memories training and ongoing development and review. All our staff and volunteers have undergone PVG (Scotland) or DBS (England and Wales) disclosure checks for working with vulnerable groups.
At our Clubs, we use various prompts relating to sport to stimulate conversation and positive memories. Our ‘One-to-one reminiscence’ video tells you more about this and demonstrates some of the techniques we use, which can also be used at home. We have also produced a video about reminiscence by telephone, for those occasions when being together may not be possible. To watch the videos, visit our One-to-one reminiscence page.
We provide a safe environment that is welcoming to everyone, accessible and dementia friendly. However, we are unable to provide personal care.
Yes, you are more than welcome to stay. You might like to do this if the person you care for does not at first feel confident or comfortable staying on their own.
If you feel comfortable leaving the person you care for, you don’t need to stay. In fact carers often tell us they welcome the opportunity to go out for a coffee, shop, socialise with friends or share their stories with each other.
Yes, all our venues are fully accessible and dementia friendly.
Unfortunately we are unable to provide transport to and from our session. Our venues have parking and are close to public transport links.
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Sporting Memories Clubs are for anyone over the age of 50 who enjoys talking about and remembering sport. Everyone is welcome to attend. Some – but not all – of our members are living with dementia or low mood, or are isolated; others simply enjoy the opportunity to get out of the house and meet other people.
No, you don't have to be referred. You can simply get in touch with us, using our contact form or using the details on our Club Finder pages. If you prefer, someone else can get in touch on your behalf.
Some people who come to our Clubs have been referred by, for example, their GP, or are living with conditions such as dementia or low mood, or are isolated. However, all older sports fans are welcome! Many of our members simply enjoy the opportunity to get out of the house, meet people, enjoy good companionship, talk about the subject they love and do some gentle exercise.
Our Clubs are free of charge. Occasionally there may be a small charge for something extra, like hot food or an outing.
About 15 people attend each Club and each session lasts for between 1 and 2 hours, depending on the Club. Sessions often start with a Club song. At every session we use our Sporting Pink publication as a starting point for that week’s sporting conversations. We often have quizzes and competitions. We share and talk about items of sporting memorabilia. We also usually do some gentle exercises, or physical games such as New Age Kurling and Boccia. We always have a tea break!
Although many of our Club members have a favourite sport, era or club, you don't need to know a lot about a particular sport. Everyone at our Clubs enjoys simply talking about and remembering sport in general.
We would love everyone to attend every week, as we enjoy everyone's company! But there will never be any pressure to do so. We understand that there can be lots of reasons why it may not always be possible to come along.
Yes. We always have a break for tea, coffee, cold drinks and biscuits. Sometimes even cake!
Yes. All our venues are fully accessible and where possible are close to public transport links.
Yes. All our sessions take into account that some members may be living with dementia and our sessions are designed to be enjoyable and rewarding for those members living with dementia. We have dementia friendly resources. Our volunteers and session facilitators have received Dementia Friends and Sporting Memories training.
Our Clubs are lead by experienced Session Facilitators, who may be Sporting Memories staff or volunteers. Our staff and volunteers who are delivering sessions take part in Sporting Memories training and ongoing development and review. All our staff and volunteers have undergone PVG (Scotland) or DBS (England and Wales) disclosure checks for working with vulnerable groups.
At every session we try to incorporate a relatively short period of gentle physical games or exercise. This will always be tailored so that you may do as much or as little as you like. It will always be your choice as to whether you join in - but we hope you do!
The Sporting Memories Foundation is committed to ensuring that the vulnerable groups who use our services and our staff and volunteers are protected because there are effective procedures in place. We also aim to ensure that no staff member, or existing or prospective volunteer, is discriminated against, that our recruitment and selection practices are fair, and that they comply with current legislation and best practice.
The Sporting Memories Foundation will undertake to: