Sunday’s All Saints Day sees the launch of Saints Foundation’s new Senior Saints project.
The new project aims to improve the social welfare and help reduce social isolation of people aged 65 and over across Southampton.
To help celebrate the launch of the project, Southampton fans are being asked to share their favourite sporting and football memories and record and share clips on the Saints Foundation’s Twitter page.
Alternatively, supporters can come to the ‘Memory Box’ situated outside the Saints Foundation entrance in the Chapel Stand before the game on Sunday between 1pm-3.30pm to share their stories.
Saints Foundation is offering a signed Saints home shirt to the person whose story best captures the reminiscence theme.
All memories will be used to help create a catalogue of clips that will aid the delivery of reminiscence groups, targeted at older people suffering with dementia and offering respite and relief from the symptoms of memory loss.
Senior Saints will offer a combination of activities that encourage social interaction, as well as introduce a level of physical movement – with both elements aiming to help to improve older people’s confidence, self-esteem, core strength and mobility.
The sessions will be delivered within local community settings at venues across Southampton, as well as from within the facilities at St Mary’s Stadium.
The programme will have three key focuses:
Saints to the Core/Falls Revolution – Working in partnership with Age UK, we have developed a core stability exercise programme that reduces the risk of falls in older people, helping to reduce the burden on the NHS and increasing the health and mobility of older people.
Sporting reminiscence – Working in collaboration with Alzheimer’s Society and Sporting Memories, the Saints Foundation will deliver reminiscence groups using football and sport as a vehicle to tackle early signs of dementia and loss of memory amongst older people.
Senior Saints Activity Programme – Isolated older people will come together and enjoy some activity, or sometimes just a chat and a piece of cake! Ideas for activities will be formulated via a Senior Saints Forum, which will come together monthly in a friendly and warm environment and discuss the interests and hobbies of the participants that access this scheme of work. The groups will engage with the most isolated older people who may not have family members or friends to rely on.
For more information on the Senior Saints project please contact Paul Hedges, Health and Wellbeing Senior Project Officer on 02380 718 605 or via [email protected].