Sporting Memories Network Get Outdoors
Sporting Memories Network was awarded £15,000 funding to run from 2018 to 2020 to develop opportunities for people living with dementia to take part in lawn bowls.
Sporting Memories Network is one of the Life Changes Trust’s Dementia Friendly Communities. It is a dementia friendly sports network that promotes physical and mental wellbeing through activities at over 80 weekly groups across Scotland. They help people with dementia reminisce and tell their own stories of watching or participating in sports, and provide opportunities to try out playing new sports. These groups create a real sense of community.
Working closely with Bowls Scotland and individual bowling clubs, Sporting Memories will provide opportunities for people living with dementia to try bowls for the first time, reignite their interest in it, and to join in other social activities, both outdoors and indoors.
The aim will be to find community clubs as close as possible to the Sporting Memories Groups themselves (there are over 100 bowls clubs affiliated to Bowls Scotland across those areas), to reduce transport costs and logistical issues. Alongside the bowling activities there will be opportunities for conversation and reminiscence in the club house.
As well as creating a pathway from existing Sporting Memories Groups to the clubs, the project will also be promoted locally for those people living with dementia who may not be involved in an existing Group but who might be attracted to the activity.
People living with dementia will be highly involved in the design and delivery of the activities and throughout the project Sporting Memories will be working with participating bowling clubs to help them become ‘dementia friendly’ in the broadest sense.