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Sharing sports memories to tackle dementia

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Posted 13th July 2018

Tigers Trust, the charitable arm of Castleford Tigers RLFC, has launched a new project, Talking Tigers – Sharing Histories, to work with volunteers, carers and people with or at risk of dementia.

A regular group will meet in Castleford Library to come together and share their memories of the Castleford Tigers. The relaxed and safe space of the library will be open to all people of retirement age, or those with dementia and their carers. The project is developing a dementia friendly app linked to the Castleford Tigers Virtual Museum.  Volunteers will be trained to use the app and supported in taking the project to care homes and out within the wider community.

Key sites or venues where people meet up throughout Castleford are signing up for the project. These will become Talking Tigers ‘dementia friendly Hot Spots’ where participants can use a QR code to find stories about the heritage of the Club that link to venue where they are. A printed map of all contributing venues will also be produced as a Heritage Trail.

“Isolation in older people is a big issue in Castleford and through the generous funding we’ve received we are excited to look at a project that can address some of these issues and make a positive difference in bringing people with a similar interest together,” said Steve Ball from the Tigers Trust

Tigers Trust is working with Wakefield based arts organisation One to One Development Trust to deliver this exciting project made possible with funding from a NOVA Live Well Grant and Community Foundation Wakefield District Elderly Person’s Social Isolation Fund.

For more information about the project and how you can get involved please contact Steve Ball at Tigers Trust on 07707927090 or email at steveball@castigers.com or Judi Alston at One to One Development Trust on 07901 686142 or email at info@onetoonedevelopment.org

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