Today marks World Alzheimer’s Day, a cause that is close to our hearts here at Tranmere Rovers. Our Tranmere Rovers In The Community team do lots of great work with people who unfortunately suffer from Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
Weekly sessions are held in our Recreation Centre to help them keep active and both mentally and physically, from games of bowls to just having a cup of tea.
Last week, first team players Connor Jennings, Larnell Cole and Ollie Banks all went along to have a quick chat and a cuppa…
We spoke to Community Development Officer Steve Williams about the importance of these sessions
“Every Thursday we run a social activity for people with Dementia and their carer’s, it is two until four o’clock and various activities take place. Sporting as well as social activities, the likes of bingo, draughts, cards, a little bit of chair exercise like bowls and also the mandatory cup of tea.
“It’s aimed people with Dementia and Alzheimer’s but also for carers as well so that they can mix and speak to like-minded people and have a fun afternoon on behalf of the club. The project runs in conjunction with the NHS to get people out of their houses, stop isolation and get them feeling better about themselves.
“They engage really well, everyone takes part and we make sure that the sessions are easy to take part in with whatever health issues that may have, everyone gets involved and has a great time.
“To get involved It’s just a case of getting in touch with either Steve Williams or Shirley Waring. You can either email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the office on 0151 608 2354.”
Richard Calvert, participant at the weekly sessions, used to play for Wolves in the 1940s and finds the sessions very helpful
“Well we were talking about football with friends and someone suggested to come here and at first I was a little dubious about coming but when I arrived, all of the friendliness, it really did help me.
“Well, it gives you a goal, instead of just ambling around I’m now running and have got something to look forward too.
“The social aspect really helps me. I couldn’t do without some of the lads here.
These session runs every Thursday from 2pm – 4pm so if you or anyone you know would like to come along, you are more than welcome!