FORGET ME NOTTS

Sporting activities and space to share memories for people with dementia

Forget Me Notts is a project which uses sport as a vehicle for reminiscence and interaction between people with dementia, their carers and those experiencing isolation and loneliness.

The monthly sessions are held at Trent Bridge, with the venue itself providing an ideal catalyst for people to discuss their sporting memories in a supportive and welcoming environment.

A typical session allows attendees to take part inspecifically tailored games and quizzes against the backdrop of the hallowed Trent Bridge turf inside the Boundary's Edge suite, with lunch provided.

Forget Me Notts are also introducing an optional element of physical activity to the sessions. Activities have included walking football, Kwik Cricket and dancing, with those who are less able catered for with additional time for seated activities and reminiscences. 

The programme gives those with dementia the chance to express themselves and remain active both mentally and physically.

Carers who attend also have the opportunity to establish an informal support network with others who can empathise with their situation through experience. 

Support is provided by volunteers who are Dementia Friends Aware, and therefore have an understanding of how dementia affects a person and how these effects can be mitigated.

Representatives from Age UK and Alzheimer's Society Notts attend regularly to offer free professional support.

In the longer term, it is anticipated that links will be forged with local schools to establish an intergenerational project centred on sporting memories.

"It's about using the special place our venue holds in the community to bring people together and offer some fun and togetherness for those who are affected by this cruel illness.

“If the power of sport can bring back some memories for some of them and help stimulate them along the way, we can be proud that – as a Trust – we’ve been involved in something really worthwhile.”

Mark Clifford - Community Projects Manager

Alongside the work of Forget Me Notts, the Trust has trained over 100 individuals from across Trent Bridge in dementia awareness.

This training is designed to ensure that both the staff which work within Trent Bridge and the venue itself are as welcoming as possible to those with dementia.

Read Director of Cricket Mick Newell's thoughts after he took the training session here.

Last year's Forget Me Notts classes culminated in a Christmas lunch held at Trent Bridge and attended by Notts players Jake Ball and Tom Moores. Read more here.

If you know somebody who might benefit from the Forget Me Notts programme, please contact keith.tongue@outlook.com.

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