Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Niki Ten­nant

Older res­i­dents in the Ruther­glen Cam­bus­lang area who may feel iso­lated are be­ing en­cour­aged to ex­plore sport­ing mem­o­ries of days gone to help them rem­i­nisce and find new friends.

Light­burn El­derly As­so­ci­a­tion Project (LEAP) is start­ing a series of ex­cit­ing new ac­tiv­ity classes for over 50s at Whit­law­burn Com­mu­nity Re­source Cen­tre this month, thanks to fund­ing from the Peo­ple’s Health Trust.

Among them is a pi­lot pro­gramme of ‘Sport­ing Mem­o­ries’ – an ini­tia­tive which was es­tab­lished to help tackle de­pres­sion, de­men­tia and so­cial iso­la­tion by un­lock­ing mem­o­ries and help­ing peo­ple to open up

Ca­tri­ona MacGre­gor, LEAP adult learn­ing co-or­di­na­tor, said: “Re­search has shown that if peo­ple rem­i­nisce, it helps them cog­ni­tively and has huge so­cial ben­e­fits. Meet­ings like th­ese get them out the house, and it gives them the op­por­tu­nity to have a blether in a so­cial set­ting.

“It en­cour­ages peo­ple to get more in­volved in the com­mu­nity.

“And it’s not just about mem­o­ries of foot­ball – it is all kinds of sports.”

The first Sport­ing Mem­o­ries meet­ing will be held on Tues­day, Septem­ber 15 be­tween 1pm and 3 pm at Whit­law­burn Com­mu­nity Re­source Cen­tre.

LEAP is en­cour­ag­ing new mem­bers to come along.

On a Tues­day be­tween 10am and 12pm, get in­volved in ‘New Age Kurl­ing’ – a cross be­tween bowl­ing and curl­ing on ice.

New age kurl­ing is played on any hard sur­face. It’s great for keep­ing play­ers ac­tive, with plenty ban­ter dur­ing a game.

On a Wed­nes­day be­tween 10am and 12pm, lo­cals can learn to draw and paint us­ing acrylic or wa­ter­colours in pop­u­lar art classes run by artist in res­i­dence, Bill

Arts LEAP of­fer a varitey of ac­tiv­i­ties for el­derly peo­ple

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