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Sporting memories used to tackle loneliness and social isolation

31 October 2017

A new project which invites older residents to reminisce and discuss their sporting memories has kicked off across the county borough to help tackle loneliness and social isolation.

Delivered in partnership with Awen Cultural Trust, the ‘My Sporting Days’ project encourages local people to share their enjoyment of sport to spark memories, conversations and new friendships during sessions in Bryncethin, Ogmore Vale and Nantymoel.

Local people and community groups are encouraged to bring along their own photographs and memorabilia to the sessions, which take place as follows…

Ogmore Life Centre: 10am – 4pm on 6 and 7 November
Nantymoel Boys and Girls Club: 10am – 4pm on 2 and 9 November
Bryncethin RFC: 10am – 4pm on 3 and 10 November

As well as reminiscing about watching or playing sport with each other, individual stories will be recorded by volunteers and school children from each community so they can be made into short films to be shared online and preserved for future generations. 

Richard Hughes, Chief Executive of Awen Cultural Trust, said: “There is significant research which demonstrates the benefits of reminiscence for older people, helping them to age well, remain fit and active, and socially included.  Sport and sporting events of the past, whether that is playing, supporting or watching, is a fantastic catalyst for discussion. These sessions will tap into the passion for sport that exists within the South Wales valleys and help communities share their local sporting heritage with a new audience of young people.”

Councillor Phil White, Cabinet Member for Social Services and Early Help, added: “Staying active, whether that is physically, mentally or socially, is essential for ageing well. Sport, regardless of whether you are playing or spectating, can change lives and re-connect people and I look forward to hearing about the many great stories and memories that will be evoked within these groups.”


Last Updated: 02/11/2017
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