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Sport in Memories Programme

COURSE OVERVIEW

Sport in Memories County’s Social Wellbeing Group has grown from strength to strength since it was launched in November 2018. The group which meets every Wednesday morning 10.00am until 12.00 noon at the club museum at Edgeley Park is for people and senior citizens providing opportunities to make a real difference to their lives and the local community.

The weekly drop-in, which is free to attend, enables people to come along to meet and chat with friendly staff and volunteers, to socialise and reminisce about their present and past life, sporting experiences and memories. They can enjoy stress-relieving and connection-seeking activities such as gentle yoga and art therapy and explore opportunities in making long-term lifestyle changes to improve health and wellbeing.

The Community Foundation is extremely proud of the Sport in Memories project which has proved extremely popular since its inception with nearly 200 people attending since it began. The programme supports people who are vulnerable, hard to reach and disadvantaged, living with serious mental illness, dementia, possible physical and learning disabilities and those looking after loved ones with complex needs. By reaching out and supporting people who are experiencing loneliness and living in social isolation we hope to have help them make new friends and new rewarding connections. The therapeutic interventions delivered through the Yoga Therapy and Art Therapy sessions have been extremely popular with 10-15 people attending each weekly session taking part in these stress-relieving activities delivered by trained qualified professional therapists. The sessions explore opportunities in making long-term lifestyle changes to improve their health and wellbeing, stimulating the brain & senses, promoting self-awareness, insight and expression and alleviate anxiety, stress and depression. The project itself extends choice, improves self-esteem and confidence, builds on new and existing skills, enjoyment and fun and offers carers respite.

Adrian Rigby-Bates, the Foundations Disability Football and Fundraising Manager said:

“The numbers of people attending ever increases over the weeks and months with over 50 people attending one week recently, and with 25-45 people attending on a regular weekly basis. We would like to thank our funders the National Lottery Awards for All Community Fund, Postcode Community Trust and Stockport Local Fund for their donations and project partners Mental Health Carers Group Stockport and Stockport Homes. In addition, we would like to say how grateful we are to the local agencies and organisations who have referred people to the group which include community groups such as Pennine Care NHS Stockport; Mental Health Carers Group Stockport; Stockport Homes; Equity Foundation; Stockport’s Targeted Prevention Alliance (TPA), Stockport Viaduct Care (GP Surgeries), and Dementia Friends. Over 45 agency staff have visited the project bringing and introducing new referrals they support. We have equally had the support of 20 staff/volunteers who have helped run the project each week (helping with serving refreshments, mentoring, chatting to people to make them welcome and helping to deliver the different activities) which includes the Club’s Manager James Gannon. We have also taken a group of 20 members who attend the drop-in to outreach events such as the Andy Powell Monday Matinee on 13 January and Sunday Big Band Swing on 23 February which proved marvelous entertainment at the Stockport Plaza with everyone enjoying themselves”.

If you are interested in coming along or would like further information about our weekly Sport in Memories Social Wellbeing Group please contact Adrian Rigby-Bates on 0161286 8888 (option 3) or email [email protected]

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