Livingston Youth Foundation is involved in, or manages, a range of initiatives aimed at delivering a positive social impact.
These activities include Street Football, Midnight Football and a School of Football.
The Reminiscence Programme from LYF has been designed to support adults who have Dementia. The LYF programme involves participants in a number of sporting and football related activities, specifically suited to their individual abilities. At the heart of all of these activities, LYF will utilise the powerful tool of reminiscing as a way to communicate with the participants who take part. The initiative will take place on a monthly basis (two groups) with each session lasting for a maximum of two hours. The programme will span eight months in total.
LYF’s reminiscence programme is unique as we will be involving students from local high schools throughout West Lothian in the groups and sessions. The Sixth Year students will provide a ‘buddy’ system to the participants who take part in the initiative.
An essential part of the ‘buddy’ system is that the students will be collating a personal memories book that will record the participant’s interactions throughout the programme and will be presented as a keepsake at the end of the programme. The students also benefit from learning about Dementia, gaining a sense of community and their relationship with it.
The first local high school to take part in the initiative is Inveralmond Community High School.The students have taken part in their training activities and are now ready for the sessions to begin. Below is a photograph of a selection of the students who are taking part in the programme:
LYF will be working closely with Football Memories (Alzheimer Scotland), West Lothian Community Health and Care Partnership and Livingston Football Club. The programme is funded by the SPFL Trust.
The initiative has been featured on STV News, please scan to 15.40 on the clip below to view our feature:
The initiative has also received comments from Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health:
“Sport is a great topic to promote conversation and interaction that spans generations. This is an excellent initiative and it is great to see the positive impact of the Reminiscences programme, supported by the Scottish Governments Legacy 2014 funding. The opportunity for school pupils to engage and support those suffering mild to moderate dementia is hugely beneficial. Not only does it raise awareness and understanding of dementia amongst our young people but it supports the physical and mental wellbeing of those with dementia.”
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