Sporting Memories Network take to the crease with Lancashire County Cricket Club Foundation!
The first new group in Trafford of a project helping to unite older sports fans is being launched in partnership with Lancashire County Cricket Club Foundation. Sporting Memories Network is establishing new monthly sporting memories groups across Greater Manchester over the next two years thanks to grant funding provided by the Big Lottery Fund. These projects are being developed in partnership with local organisations and groups who are embedded within their respective communities.Sandy Mitchell, LCCC Foundation Director said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Sporting Memories Network as the work they have done across the country is highly regarded. To join together and use the history of this great cricket club for the benefit of our members and local communities to help make a real difference to individuals that can often be left isolated and alone is a key reason for our involvement.”
This monthly activity will commence on Monday 26th September from 10.30-12pm at Lancashire County Cricket Club, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester M16 0PX and then take place on the final Monday of every month. It is free to attend.The Lancashire Foundation group will also link in with the network’s work with the National Football Museum on the #MemoriesOf66 project and exhibition, celebrating the 50th anniversary of England’s World Cup triumph in 1966.
Organisation:Sporting Memories Network CIC is a social enterprise established to develop reminiscence activities that improve the mental and physical well-being of older people (50+) and those living with dementia through tapping into the passion, knowledge and love of sport. Our innovative projects are multi-faceted and provide opportunities for inter-generational and cross community projects that utilise the power of sport to unite people, communities and regions and build social capital and mental resilience.
Sporting Memories Network has made the final three in this year's (2016) Mental Health Positive Practice Awards shortlist for the Older Peoples Mental Health and Dementia category. The Positive Practice Mental Health Collaborative is a user led multi-agency collaborative of seventy-five organisations, including, NHS Trusts, CCG’s, Police Forces, third sector providers, front line charities and service user groups.
In 2014, Sporting Memories Network CIC was presented the award for "Best National Dementia Friendly Initiative" by Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, and in the same year, was voted "Best Football Community Scheme" at the Football Business Awards. The shortlist consisted of Football Community Trusts from the following football clubs: Charlton Athletic, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Fulham, Liverpool, Sunderland, West Bromwich Albion, and Sporting Memories Network CIC.
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