Dewsbury Memories was set up in early 2019, with the aim of providing support for people with dementia in the Dewsbury area of West Yorkshire. It aims to set up a network of Memories Clubs which will meet on different days, in different places. The Clubs offer social interaction and have a focus on sport, particularly rugby league, helping people to relive their younger days supporting their team etc. A pilot project run by the group showed that conversations held at these sessions have been really positive – they help develop links from people’s past to the present, re-awaken positive thoughts and feelings that otherwise might remain hidden. The group will create a bank of resources such as sporting memorabilia and memory packs that can be used at the Clubs or by volunteers.
The Foundation has offered a grant of £3,000 towards running costs of Dewsbury Memories. This will help to fund sessional costs to deliver the Clubs. Intended outcomes are: kicking some of the problems of social isolation into touch; tackling some of the issues caused by memory loss illnesses; and creating a supportive team for families and carers.