Last year, Stuart Roberts from The Wrexham Supporters’ Trust Board approached the football club with a vision of Wrexham AFC and The Racecourse Stadium becoming Dementia Friendly. This has proved to be quite a challenge.
Stuart recently met up with Jo Lane, The Dementia Friendly Communities coordinator for The Alzheimer’s Society in North Wales, and things are now moving forward rapidly. Jo has invited the WST and the football club to help form a steering committee for the town of Wrexham and Stuart’s plan will be encouraged throughout the town. These are exciting times with the football club becoming pivotal in this aim. The inaugural meeting was held on March 7th and with the work already carried out, Wrexham AFC have met the relevant criteria to be awarded official recognition of the club working to become dementia friendly and look forward to receiving this in the near future.
While carrying out his work Stuart has made contact with some amazing people who have offered their unconditional support. One lady in particular is Anita Moran, activities and well-being coordinator from Pendine Park, one of the leading dementia care providers in Wrexham. During one meeting, Anita was impressed to learn of the work being undertaken by the football club with our reminiscence group. The group allows members living with dementia to get together at The Racecourse once a month to, quite simply, talk football. This group has seen former players attending to add some spice to conversation and everyone loves it.
Anita recently rang Stuart to ask if the reminiscence group would be able to use some money for activities. This money will come from funds raised at a Rock Against Dementia gig to be held in Wrexham on March the 18th. (Further details of this event will be made available to club members as they are finalised.) Football Club volunteers now plan to put this money towards a trip to the National Football Museum in Manchester. Thank you Anita and everyone at Pendine Park!!
The next step is to continue to work with anyone involved in the match day experience and provide Dementia Friends information sessions to football club Staff, volunteers and members as well as local businesses. The next session is on March 16th at 6:30 pm in the board room. If you would like to put your name down for a place on this session or one of the sessions planned over the next few months, please email Stuart Roberts using the address below.
Finally, Wrexham Supporters’ Trust will be holding another quiz night on 18th March. It’s the turn of our third charitable partner, The Alzheimer’s Society and ties in perfectly with our current aims. As before, we have chosen Saith Seren as our venue, Wrexham’s community run pub and Welsh Centre on Chester Street. Obviously, these quizzes wouldn’t be the same without the amazing and charismatic Dave Davies and his glamorous assistant, Ray Clarke.
Another date for your diaries is May 22nd. That is the day of the Great Manchester Run and Stuart and two volunteers will be plodding their way through 10 kilometers of Manchester to raise money for The Alzheimer’s Society who are one of the football club’s charitable partners. If you would like to support Stuart and make a donation, please go to our just giving page www.justgiving.com/DementiaFriendlyWrexham