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22 May

Yorkshire Cricket boosts the Dementia Friendly Leeds Campaign

Yorkshire County Cricket Club is pleased to announce it is joining the Leeds Dementia Action Alliance, to build on the good work the club is doing at Headingley Cricket Ground to support people with dementia in the city and to show its support for the Dementia Friendly Leeds campaign. The affiliation means Yorkshire become just the third cricket club, who play First-class cricket, to become a dementia friendly organisation alongside Hampshire and the Marylebone Cricket Club.

Yorkshire Cricket recently started a monthly support group for cricket lovers with dementia called the Catch Up Club, in partnership with the Peer Support Service at Leeds City Council, and reports that the group has gone from strength to strength.

“We are delighted to welcome people with dementia to the Catch Up Club and to play a small part in helping people remain active citizens in their communities,” said Nick Robinson, Project Officer at Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, the charitable arm of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, which is working closely with the Peer Support service on this project.

“Joining the Leeds Dementia Action Alliance is part of our ongoing work to welcome people with dementia and families to the stadium and show our support for this important campaign.”

The Dementia Friendly Leeds campaign involves communities, organisations and members of the public across the Leeds local authority area, who are helping to make Leeds a better place to live in for people with dementia, carers and families. Organisations can get involved through the Leeds Dementia Action Alliance, while members of the public can show their support by joining Dementia Friends, the Alzheimer’s Society initiative.

Maggie Graham, Dementia Friendly Leeds campaign manager, said:

“Yorkshire County Cricket Club is doing fantastic work with the Peer Support Service, and it is a tremendous boost to the campaign, particularly in Dementia Awareness Week, to gain the public support of such a high profile organisation.”

Organisations interested in joining the Leeds Dementia Action Alliance can email leedsdaa@opforum.org.uk or phone (0113) 244 1697, or to become a Dementia Friend, simply visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk

For more information about the Catch Up Club, please email Deborah Marshall Deborah.Marshall@leeds.gov.uk

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