With the average living age on the rise, it is important to consider the well-being and care of adults who are living longer and ensure that their social and psychological needs are met. Older adults are at a higher risk of developing neurological and/or mental disorders, a figure that keeps on growing. With this in mind it is essential to consider the types of care that can be provided to reduce the associated stigmas around mental health, remove barriers and improve health and well-being.
After seeing the positive social and cognitive outcomes that sport had on their already popular group, “Catch Up Club”, the YCF decided that creating more groups like this, whereby people may attend on a casual basis to reminisce on their sporting experiences, would be of great benefit to the surrounding community.
The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation’s Aims
The YCF are working towards creating a dementia friendly environment at the Headingley Stadium for all staff and visitors – not just those attending the Foundation! The YCF have already been accredited by the Leeds Dementia Action Alliance as “Working to Become Dementia Friendly” and are adding to this by holding a variety of training for staff to be better informed of the needs of those with mental illness and dementia, and therefore providing an environment suitable for all.
The YCF aim to work with already formed groups in the community to provide Sporting Memories Reminiscence sessions for groupings who would benefit from such events. There are also plans to develop this offer further across the county in Sheffield and Scarborough.
Catch Up Club
Part of the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation’s focus on health and wellbeing, the Catch Up Club at Emerald Headingley Stadium provides support for people living with dementia and their carers and support workers.
The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation and Leeds Peer Support Service, Adult Social Care work in partnership to create an experience to connect people to their love of cricket. The Catch Up Club provides facilitated sessions for people living with dementia and their partners to be involved in the cricket experience.
Based at Emerald Headingley Stadium, the topic of conversation centres around Yorkshire County Cricket Club, giving those in attendance the inspiration to reminisce and evoke precious memories of their favourite former and current players, famous matches they have witnessed watching Yorkshire and England plus other related topics that may be inspired over a cup of tea and biscuit!
In addition to sporting reminiscence sessions, the group take part in more physically active sessions such as indoor bowls, table tennis and boccia.
Visits to YCCC started in January 2015 and has flourished since, creating a strong support network for sports and more specifically cricket supporters who live with dementia.
Match Day Experience
Each year, the Foundation look to provide those seeking more social opportunities the chance to watch Yorkshire County Cricket Club play at Headingley, free of charge. Those who receive tickets for games either already attend one of the Foundations groups, or are members of local neighbourhood network services who benefit from day trips out.
Home fixtures are advertised to local neighbourhood networks, community groups and YCF service users who can then book themselves a place. Included in the day, are optional sessions such as sporting reminiscence groups, casual table tennis and tea and coffee stops.
This offer has proven successful, with hundreds of people taking up the offer of tickets each year the scheme has ran.
“I had a lovely day and I’m looking forward to next year already.”
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