Lancashire FA are delighted to sign up to Dementia Friends, becoming the first sporting organisation in South Ribble to register with the charity.
Dementia Friends is a national initiative, aimed at changing people’s perceptions of dementia – a disease which effects a reported one in 14 elderly people over the age of 65.
Thanks to the fantastic help from Keith McIntosh, an ambassador for the charity, all Lancashire FA staff members are now dementia friends, and have committed to spread the word about the fantastic work the organisation does throughout local communities.
Lancashire FA’s Football Development Officer for Disability & Inclusion, Andrew Whitaker, said: “I’m thrilled all 40+ members of our staff have signed up to become dementia friends.”
“This is a fantastic initiative, and we are ever so grateful to Keith for giving us his time to share with us exactly what Dementia Friends is all about. All our staff have committed to spread the news about the charity, which is just another way Lancashire FA is working hard within the region to build bridges and involve all areas of communities across Lancashire.”
As well as becoming Dementia Friends, Lancashire FA also host a weekly Sporting Memories group on Monday’s – 11am-12:30pm – a charity designed to help those living with dementia, depression and/or loneliness, by looking back at previous sporting moments, which is proven to help those living with mental health issues.