Over 20 participants took part in the first Forget Me Notts activity session encouraging an active lifestyle for those with Dementia. Photo credit: Trent Bridge Community Trust

Nottingham County Cricket Club’s community trust led their first monthly activity group for those suffering with dementia.

The first Forget Me Notts session held by Trent Bridge Community Trust allows dementia sufferers and those experiencing loneliness to use sport as a vehicle to provoke memories and interact with others.

The project, which is supported by Age UK Nottingham, has held monthly social groups for people with dementia for the past two years, including a Christmas lunch last December, but this is the first time they have introduced an active element.

Participants and their carers get active and social over a good game of table tennis doubles. Photo credit: Trent Bridge Community Trust

The free event was held on Tuesday January, 29 and attracted many participants in Boundary’s Edge in the Radcliffe Road Stand at Trent Bridge.

Tim Eatherington, trustee, said: “The Forget Me Notts activity session is there for those who want to be a little more active.

“The enjoyment on their faces that they get from participating really was great to see.”

Recognising the participants’ need for fulfilment in a safe and relaxing environment, the session involves all abilities in football and table tennis as well as board games and music.

“I used to play several sports very well when I was younger and more able. This has really made me reminisce about those days.”
Forget Me Notts participant

Mark Clifford, community projects manager, said: “It was a great first activities session for the group. We had over 20 participate and it was great to see the individuals enjoying themselves and wanting to take part.”

A participant said: “I used to play several sports very well when I was younger and more able. This has really made me reminisce about those days.

“I’m looking forward to the next session already.”

The group gets stuck into five aside football at Trent Bridge sports hall facilities. Photo credit: Trent Bridge Community Trust

Club volunteers who have attended Dementia Friends Awareness will be on hand at the sessions, providing an informal support network for carers with professional advice from Age UK Nottingham and the Alzheimer’s Society.

Mr Eatherington added: “We are hoping that this grows, but also that they are able to use exercise more often as a way of engagement with their peers and carers.”

Trent Trust hope to develop links with a couple of local schools to create an inter-generational project which involves Forget Me Notts participants sharing sporting memories with students.

The next sessions will be on Tuesday, February 26 and Tuesday, February 26 from 11:00am to 12:30am and is free to attend.

You do not have to book a place, but for further information please contact the Trent Bridge Community Trust on 0115 982 3000.