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