Volunteers with a love of sport are urgently needed to support a new initiative that hopes to improve the lives of people living with dementia in the New Forest area.
The project, which is being championed by New Forest District Council, aims to stimulate past memories by reminiscing about sport. Evidence has shown that people with memory problems, particularly men, have an impressive recall of sports such as football.
Although in its early stages, its success is reliant on finding and training a pool of volunteers from all over the New Forest who can spend some time talking to people with dementia, remembering great games or old matches.
A similar scheme called the Football Memories Project has proven to be very popular in Scotland and was recently featured at a multi-agency seminar hosted by the New Forest Health and Wellbeing Partnership Board. The Spotlight on Dementia conference was the first step in bringing partners together to raise awareness of dementia services in the area.
Councillor Di Brooks, New Forest District Council’s portfolio holder for health and leisure, said: “The prevalence of dementia in the New Forest is over twice that of England so this new project could really help improve the lives of people living with the condition and boost their engagement with others. Full training will be provided giving local people who enjoy talking about sport a great opportunity to make a difference.”
Anyone interested should visit newforest.gov.uk/dementia or call 023 8028 5411 and ask for Sue Wilks for more information.