Pass on the Memories

The idea: Everton in the Community and Mersey Care NHS Trust have launched an innovative new programme -- Pass on the Memories -- to support people with dementia.

Everton in the Community is an independent, registered charity affiliated to and supported by Everton Football Club. Everton Football Club is an English Premier League football (soccer) club based in Liverpool, UK. The mission of Everton in the Community is:

Through the positive promotion of sport, physical activity and the brand of Everton Football Club, we are committed to provide high quality, accessible participation and development opportunities that positively change lives and bring enjoyment to our communities.

Everton in the Community and Mersey Care NHS Trust have developed a unique initiative, known as Pass on the Memories, for patients with memory loss.

The weekly scheme, which was officially launched by Everton legend Graeme Sharp at Goodison Park, uses a range of interventions, including sporting reminiscence workshops, custom-made life story memory books and calendars, day trips to local places of interest and social activities, to help people to share important memories and create new ones.

One particular tool used in the sessions is an audio CD containing interviews and stories from past Everton players, including Dixie Dean and Graeme Sharp, who was on hand at the launch to see the programme in action and help make some new memories for the participants.

At the launch event, participants were given the chance to ask Graeme about his career, which was an opportunity enjoyed by all. Here is a letter sent to me by a participant:

Henry:

Thank you very much for making my wife Joyce and myself feel very welcome at our first meeting, As a person who has Alzheimer's I was very pleased with the way your group works. I could see that everyone is involved and no one feels left out.

Your group made sure that all people interacted and got involved and I could feel the happiness coming from those people.

I was able to talk to other people with dementia and share happy memories of my beloved Everton.

The really good thing is I can remember the whole day because every memory was a positive one and I am still buzzing. My wife said she hasn't seen me so happy for many a year and that's because I feel this group is all about getting through to us, listening to us and being supportive for our carers. I really have something to look forward to each week now.

Your personality is infectious and believe me, speaking from my side, that smiling face and bubbly persona you have is exactly what we need. It's better than any medication.

There have been groups going longer than yours, But yours should be the Blueprint for them all and show how it should be done. I will certainly be passing on the message from yours, as for too long I've seen people just sitting around, looking left out, at some groups I've attended.

Thank you once again.

Tommy Dunne

No wonder we are the people's club!

Henry Mooney
Everton in the Community

Published on 20 February 2013
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