Football Memories is a product of Alzheimer Scotland’s pioneering work on their Football Reminiscence project.
The project was launched two years ago and trains volunteers to spend time with people with dementia who have an interest in football, talking about teams and matches from the past and working with images and memorabilia to stimulate memories. The project is a partnership between Alzheimer Scotland and the Scottish Football Museum, and is supported by the players of the People's Postcode Lottery and BUPA Care Homes.
The project’s extraordinary impact is perhaps best summed up by the wife of one of the men who attend these meetings: "He's a different person when he comes out... It's put new life into him, and you can see that with all the men there."
Football has the ability to change lives and re-connect people. Our aim is to collate a database of supporters' stories online, and eventually in a book.
We think it's great to share these stories and we want you to get involved in using them to make a real difference in people's lives by donating, getting involved in your area and by sharing your memory.
The Football Reminiscence Project was featured on FIFA's Futbol Mundial programme. You can watch the feature below.
BBC Radio Scotland's Medical Matters interviewed Michael White, the Falkirk Football Club historian and one of the key figures in the development of Alzheimer Scotland's Football Reminiscence work.Also on the programme is Professor Debbie Tolson, the director of the Centre for Evidence Based Care of Older People at Glasgow Caledonian, the university that has developed the clinical side of the project and brought it to the attention of the international medical community.
You can listen to the programme below.