Golden Memories is a collaborative programme in partnership with the Bristol Sport Foundation and Sporting Memories Foundation, working over 55’s living with dementia and those challenged by social isolation, depression and loneliness.
The programme includes a reminiscence session - an informal and relaxed discussion group based around shared stories and exploring a range of sporting memorabilia and sensory objects.
This is followed by a time of social interaction over an old fashioned cup of tea and a biscuit and then a period of light physical activity.
The programme is aligned with the Bristol Sport Foundation's Christmas campaign, #ChristmasPresence, which aims to raise awareness of social isolation and loneliness over the festive period.
The campaign saw players from Bristol City, Bristol Rugby, Bristol Flyers, Bristol City Women and Bristol Ladies Rugby attend a Christmas Festival at Monica Wills House retirement community in Bedminster.
The festival saw the players deliver Christmas cards – designed by pupils on the Foundation’s Spectrum Project - to the home’s residents, before taking part in a range of light physical activities, including Tai Chi, Boccia and board games.
A school choir from Victoria Park Primary sang carols, while a mince pie workshop ensured no one went hungry, as the Foundation teamed up with the Bristol Sport clubs and the local community to spread some festive cheer and help tackle a significant issue.
Since its launch in January, Golden Memories has gone from strength to strength and now impacts the lives of hundreds of people across Greater Bristol.
To find out more about Golden Memories, please contact programme manager, Kris Tavender (firstname.lastname@example.org).