A new lottery funded project has launched in Babergh, bringing together older residents over their shared sporting memories.
A range of partner organisations, volunteers, and sports fans all came together in Sudbury Town Hall this morning (Thursday 26 September) to launch the new project, which will see Sporting Memory Groups meet in Glemsford, Lavenham, Long Melford and of course Sudbury.
Details of when and where each session is being finalised for starting dates in late October and will be available shortly on the Sporting Memories Network website.
Funded by the National Lottery and by Babergh District Council, the project is driven by positive and committed volunteers who love talking sport and supporting people in their area. Anyone interested in joining these volunteers can contact Phil Lown by email for more details.
These sessions will be open to all over 50’s, and free of charge the volunteer led sessions help individuals explore and rekindle those favourite memories, including those living with dementia, depression or loneliness who connect with others via cherished sporting memories.
The Sporting Memories project, run by the national charity The Sporting Memories Foundation, helps fight rural isolation and supports those living with dementia, brings together anyone over the age of 50 to talk about sport and their recollections of great sporting occasions. By using a collection of iconic images, newsletter, film and memorabilia to engage people in conversation, reminiscence, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and if suitable enjoy a little gentle exercise at the end of the session.
The memories discussed can range from the international, such as England’s World Cup heroes of ’66, to the exploits of the local Cricket Club.
Cllr Derek Davis, Babergh District Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “Sport brings us all together and recalling memories is great for body and soul, whether over a pint or cup of tea with friends or as an icebreaker for friends to be. We’ve seen some really wonderful projects fight rural isolation in Babergh, from the Rural Coffee Caravan to Together Tuesdays, and I’m delighted to welcome Sporting Memories to the area. We all have great sporting moments indelibly carved into our memories and using these to connect people is an outstanding idea that I am certain will create new groups and new friendships throughout our district.”