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Sporting Memories Network

Sporting Memories Network's initial funding award was for £450,000, to run from April 2015 to March 2018 and they were awarded a further £112,000 from April 2018 to March 2020.

Sporting Memories Network brings people together in a dementia friendly community of interest where they have opportunities to be part of something that is meaningful to them and spend time with others with similar interests. Sport is a powerful medium for many people. Talking about sporting events and cultures helps give them their identity back and reconnect them to the people and generations around them.

Activities include reminiscence work, physical activities and day trips, with a specific focus on common interests, friendships and community connections, as well as the development of partnerships with other organisations and facilities in each area.

The impact of this funding, and of the activities run by SMN include: improvements in wellbeing and reduced levels of isolation for people with dementia and carers; improvements in physical health for people with dementia; isolated men and women are included in a safe and sociable environment; and people with dementia have a say in how the groups are run so that they are participating in something that genuinely matters to them.

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Sporting Memories Network