Football Memories Project

CONTACT DETAILS

BIG HEARTS COMMUNITY TRUST (TYNECASTLE STADIUM)

Heart of Midlothian Football Club, Tynecastle Stadium, Gorgie Road, EDINBURGH, EH11 2NL
0131 200 7225
SERVICE LOCALITY
North East, North West, South East, South West

KEY
INFORMATION

Who is the service for?
Older People
What age range is it suitable for?
60 - 64, 65+

ORGANISATION
CONTACT DETAILS

Heart of Midlothian Football Club, Tynecastle Stadium, Gorgie Road, EDINBURGH, EH11 2NL
0131 200 7265 / 0131 200 7217

DAY(S) TIME(S) AVAILABLE

MONDAY: -
TUESDAY: 2nd & last Tuesday of each month 1:45pm - 3:15pm
WEDNESDAY: -
THURSDAY: -
FRIDAY: -
SATURDAY: -
SUNDAY: -

information SERVICE DETAILS

*** Covid-19 update ***

During the pandemic, whilst our face-to-face Memories groups are suspended, Big Hearts has launched new initiative, which sees over 200 older people receive ‘Memories at home’ parcels directly to their front door.

Big Hearts announces a new reminiscence project to further improve outcomes of older people during the Covid-19 disruption.

In March, following the suspension of our popular weekly reminiscence groups Edinburgh & Football Memories, our charity initiated a brand new project which sees over 100 vulnerable older people receive ‘Memories at home’ parcels directly to their front door.

Today, we are delighted to announce that thanks to a grant from the Scottish Government’s Wellbeing Fund, our charity is now in the position to extend the project and distribute around 400 packs every month until the end of the year!

Big Hearts ‘Memories at home’ packs provide reminiscence resources to help older people recall fond memories and encourage conversations safely from their own home.

Each parcel contains a letter, 14 themed photo cards and a printed ‘Gazette’ with various articles and interviews covering past football games, childhood stories as well as cultural & socials events of the 20th century.

We’ve worked with our partner Latcham Direct to create a unique set of dementia friendly collectibles with a vintage feel, with each pack being delivered by post on a fortnightly basis.

SUBSCRIBE OR REFER SOMEONE, please see http://www.bighearts.org.uk/news/memories-at-home.

If you have any questions, please contact community@bighearts.org.uk or 0131 603 4928 (Mon-Fri).

Normal service details...

Football Memories is a product of Alzheimer Scotland’s pioneering work on their Football Reminiscence project and a partnership with the Scottish Football Museum.

Big Hearts’ Football Memories was launched in 2013 and trains volunteers to spend time with older people living with dementia who have an interest in football, talking about teams and matches from the past and working with images and memorabilia to stimulate memories and improve the wellbeing of those attending.

The project’s extraordinary impact is perhaps best summed up by the wife of one of the men who attend these meetings: “He’s a different person when he comes out… It’s put new life into him, and you can see that with all the men there.”

Over the years, Big Hearts’ Football Memories developed into a social group of older football fans with a wide range of backgrounds, including people living with dementia, stroke survivors and those at risk of social isolation.

Our programme runs twice a month at Tynecastle and over recent years has been visited by many former Hearts players including ‘The Golden Vision’ Alex Young, Alan Anderson and Freddie Glidden.

Everyone is welcomed to attend our current sessions:

On the 2nd and Last Tuesday of every month, in the Hearts Museum, from 1:45pm - 3:15pm

All sessions are free and include a pie and a hot drink. For more information, email communications@bighearts.org.uk or call 0131 200 7225.

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Big Hearts Community Trust (Tynecastle Stadium)

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