Social isolation and loneliness is believed to affect around 15 per cent of older people. And there are many imaginative ways of combating this such as the Sporting Memories Network which helps reconnect isolated individuals through their love of sport and offers a great chance for people to meet fellow fans, make new friendships and enjoy stimulating, fun activities that can have a real benefit to their health. And there is a way for you to get involved too. On Friday 15th January 2016 Yorkshire Cricket Foundation and Sporting Memories Network staff will be at Leeds City Museum between 12:30pm-2:30pm to collect old sporting memorabilia and programmes to help their new project.
A successful ‘Leeds Innovation Fund’ bid means the partnership are able to deliver a new Leeds-based project to help support older people living with dementia, depression and help connect those who are lonely or socially isolated. The grant will help fund the training of staff and volunteers working for the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation. The funding will then support the delivery of sessions which will engage with elderly people in the local community and connect with them through sporting memories.
Adult Social Care’s Mick Ward is enthusiastically supporting one of the latest Sporting Memories events and is encouraging colleagues and particularly cricket and sports fans throughout Leeds to dig out their memorabilia and programmes.
“The council has been a keen supporter of Sporting Memories since the beginning. They’ve been doing some great work and have now got funding to do more. I’m really glad they have got a new scheme to use old sports memorabilia to help out and there’s a great chance for us all to root around in drawers, cupboards and attics and put old stuff to good use.”
Will Saville, Yorkshire Cricket Foundation Manager said:
“The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation is thrilled to be partnering with Sporting Memories to deliver projects throughout communities in Leeds. Both Yorkshire and England have produced some unforgettable moments over the years at Headingley and we look forward to facilitating sessions that bring memories of these events back to life, starting with the event at Leeds City Museum on 15th January.”
Tony Jameson-Allen, Co-founder and director of the Sporting Memories Network said:
“Yorkshire County Cricket Club has such a rich history and heritage. We are looking forward to developing the work with the Foundation and hearing the great stories of cricket at such an iconic ground. The response from sports fans for appeals for memorabilia to support the groups and help trigger memories have been quite overwhelming and we look forward to seeing what items are donated in Leeds.”