A LEAP back in time to combat isolation
Sporting memories project success
Rutherglen grandpa Ian Telford is proving he is a jolly good sport by volunteering to help people with feelings of isolation to get out of the house and meet new friends.
Ian ( 54), of Castlefern Road, is volunteering to assist with a pilot programme of Sporting Memories — a project which encourages people in the Rutherglen and Cambuslang area to explore and revisit sporting experiences of days gone by to help them reminisce and enjoy the company of others.
Introduced by the Lightburn Elderly Association Project ( LEAP), the Sporting Memories group met for the first time at Whitlawburn Community Resource Centre last Tuesday. The Sporting Memories initiative was established to help tackle depression, dementia and social isolation by unlocking memories and helping people to open up.
Jointe Ian was forced to give up work four years ago due to a spinal condition resulting from an industrial accident.
The dad- of- three attended last Tuesday’s inaugural meeting and knew instantly that he wanted to help out.
“Everybody at the meeting was given the chance to voice whatever they wanted, and to relive what they had enjoyed.
“It wasn’t just football — it was everything from triathlon to rounders and netball.
“People talked about how they went to their first game with their dad or their uncle. Very rarely was there a break in the conversation,” explained Ian.
“It can give people a couple of hours out of the house, and can break up the day. It means people no longer have to feel as if they do not have a friend on the earth. If my involvement means it helps just one person to mix within society, then I’d be happy.”
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 gives them the opportunity to have a blether in a social setting.”
The next Sporting Memories meeting is on Tuesday at 1.30pm.
To find out more, contact Catriona at LEAP on 0141 641 5169.
Very rarely was there a break in the conversation