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Shelley Community Football Club / Leslie Sports Foundation

Shelley Community Football Club is a part of the Leslie Sports Foundation which is committed to providing opportunities for the local community in Kirklees to participate in Sport, in particular Football. It provides volunteering opportunities for both physical and non-physical activities to all parts of the community as well as a platform for social interaction.

30 August 2017
Yorkshire and Humber
Local Alliances:
Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Shelley CFC has embarked on a Community Project to increase the usage of their sports facility by all parts of the local community. The Project is focused on providing opportunities for social interaction to groups where social isolation is common, such as older single men. The Club provides volunteering opportunities including physical activities that provide the associated benefits to well-being.  The club hosts a Sporting Memories box which in conjunction with the sports facility provides an ideal setting to prompt football related conversations and reminiscence activities.  Reminiscence activities are used to support people living with dementia and provide a powerful activity to communicate and promote positive wellbeing.

The club has a semi-rural setting with many walks around the pitches. It also has a café onsite as well to provide people with dementia and their families/carers a relaxing and safe setting.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Lack of knowledge/dementia awareness in our staff, management committee, members and volunteers 

Staffing is provided by mainly volunteers, 95% of our staff are volunteers and their attendance is ad-hoc

Our café will shortly be under redevelopment, therefore restricting access in the short term.

The venue has had limited exposure as a community facility, and further promotion is required.

2. Actions

  • Raise awareness of dementia for staff and volunteers

    Staff and volunteers will attend dementia friends sessions or access dementia friends online at   https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/  to raise awareness of dementia.

    With the support of the KDAA we will also host dementia friends sessions for the local community and public.

    Initial Scoping
  • Hosting of Sporting reminiscence boxes and Activities that support people living with dementia.

    The club has a sporting memories box, with an initial collection of memorabilia provided by Disability Sport Yorkshire. The club has collected some additional content, and will be providing a dedicated location for the box as part of the café redevelopment work. We are currently developing ways in which  to link with the Sporting Memories Foundation who deliver reminiscence projects connecting individuals to their past.    

    Initial Scoping
  • Shelley CFC as a venue to support Dementia Friendly Awareness and Events

    As part of the community project the Shelley CFC venue will be promoted as a community venue available to support Dementia friendly events. Following the completion of appropriate training and the café redevelopment the club are aiming to provide regular opportunities for sessions and meetings to support people living with dementia, especially around the sporting memories box.