News and events 3 December 2020: Raising the Bar The story behind our event Raising The Bar: Conversations on the Power of Sport 3 December 2020, 10am to 12pm Who is the event for? Everyone is welcome to come along and we are sure that you will find it inspiring and informative – no matter why you choose to join us. Why should I come along? Our programme is designed to entertain as well as inform. You will hear from speakers and guests for whom sport, dementia, isolation, volunteering, caring or facing personal challenges (or often several at once) have been prominent in their lives. They will discuss their personal journeys and their thoughts for the future, and together with us talk about the power of sport in tackling isolation, dementia and depression. In our Sporting Memories Newsround we will update you on our work, plans for the future, and how you may become involved with what we do – either directly or by taking away ideas and inspiration for working with older adults. And importantly, if you or someone you care for might enjoy being involved with a Sporting Memories Club, that we will have given you a flavour of what we do. Register now for your free place Why "Raising The Bar?" Since the suspension of all our Clubs due to COVID-19, this is precisely what we have sought to do: act immediately to raise our game in response, see this not as a 'stop gap' but a way to make a difference to the lives of so many more people in new and innovative ways, and 'raise the bar' through raising awareness of the power of sport with as many people in as many places as possible. We would like to share what we have learned along the way, and hope that you will take away inspirational messages and an enhanced understanding of how we can all use sport to help tackle isolation, loneliness and depression among older people – whether out in our communities or bringing it into people's homes. And "Conversations on the Power of Sport"? This was the easy part! Since April, we have been running our #TalkAboutSport campaign – encouraging, and providing the resources for everyone everywhere to talk about sport to help tackle isolation, loneliness, low mood and dementia. We have put together a programme that will entertain as well as inform and inspire. And so what better way to present our event and guests than in conversation with our consummate host Alastair Hignell?