Motherwell FC receives funding for dementia project

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Motherwell Football Club Community Trust (“the Trust”) will be delivering the Memory Well, an innovative reminiscence therapy project for dementia sufferers, thanks to £14,400 funding from the Bank of Scotland Foundation. 

The Trust is one of 30 Scottish charities to share £243,764 of funding from the Bank of Scotland Foundation’s first tranche of 2016 Small and Medium Grants.

The grant will enable the Trust to provide weekly reminiscence therapy sessions to 400 dementia sufferers over the next year. The project will develop memory books of pictures and memories for participants in the project and deliver dementia awareness sessions in local primary schools.

Reminiscence sessions will be held in various locations, including care homes, sheltered housing complexes, libraries and community centre, as well as Fir Park Stadium, home of Motherwell Football Club. The sessions will cover the core themes of film and TV, sport, art, music, as well as other themes to ensure that the project can deliver activities of interest to the participants.

The Memory Well will also provide respite periods for carers and establish a buddy system, where students in local secondary schools will help participants create a memory book of their most cherished photographs and memories.

Philip Grant, Chair of the Scottish Executive Committee, Lloyds Banking Group and Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees said, “We are delighted that Motherwell Football Community Trust has been able to benefit from the first tranche of our 2016 Small and Medium sized grants, along with 29 other Scottish charities. As the population in Scotland continues to get older, dementia is something that more of us will be affected by, either directly or through someone close to us. 

“The work that charities like Motherwell Football Community Trust carry out provides a vital service to local communities. Bank of Scotland Foundation is proud to support Scottish charities to enable them to continue to deliver valuable support and make a tangible difference to the local communities in which they operate.”

Alison Wallace, Business and Administration Manager from Motherwell Football Club Community Trust added “We are really pleased to receive this grant funding from the Bank of Scotland Foundation to allow us to delivery Memory Well. We work with very many people who live with dementia and understand the effect it has on their own lives and those of their carers. Through Memory Well we hope to provide glimpses of the person behind the dementia by using football as the vehicle.”

The aim of the Bank of Scotland Foundation is to help develop and improve local communities and address financial literacy and financial inclusion by supporting local, regional and national charities working at the heart of communities across Scotland.

The second tranche of funding for 2016 is open and charities have until Friday 8th July 2016 to send in their applications for Small and Medium Grants.