A ground-breaking project launched to provide regular sports-based reminiscence activities for care home residents and visitors.

Sporting Memories Network CIC, in partnership with the Suffolk County Council led Most Active County Partnership, has developed a unique opportunity to enable care homes across Suffolk to deliver award winning sporting reminiscence activities.

Staff and volunteers from a range of care homes will receive training, resources and advice to equip them to deliver sporting reminiscence activities over the next 12 months and beyond. The impact of the activities on residents, their families and staff will be evaluated to gauge success.

Councillor James Reeder, Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health said:

“Sporting Memories provides people with the opportunity to look back and reminisce about their favourite sporting moments of the past. By tapping into their love of sport through the use of images of sports stars, events and venues, conversations are started, happy and treasured memories flood back and appropriate activities that promote and maintain wellbeing can be introduced.

“This not only directly helps the individuals concerned but also supports our long-term ambition of becoming the most active county in England.”

Initially staff from 10 homes will be trained to take part in the project with it being extended to further homes in the future. The homes will have access to local and national archive images, reports and memorabilia inspiring older people to talk about their own favourite stars or teams and those special moments in sport that stay with them, whether as a spectator or as a participant.

Sporting Memories Project Manager Richard Hunt, who will support the network of care homes over the next 12 months, said:

“This is a really exciting development for Sporting Memories and care homes in Suffolk, who have responded so positively to the project. We will be seeking to support a second group of care homes to participate later in 2018.”