Grant boosts Golden Memories programme

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Golden Memories recently benefited from a grant through us. Dougie Allward/JMP

THE Bristol Bears Community Foundation’s Golden Memories programme has received a huge boost thanks to a £2,500 grant through us which has secured the sustainable development of its Friday afternoon session.

Developed in partnership with Premiership Rugby and Bristol Sport Foundation, Golden Memories works with over 55s living with dementia and those challenged by social isolation, depression and loneliness. The grant will allow the continuation of the programme’s weekly session at Greville Smythe Bowls Club.

Craig Capel, Community Foundation development manager, said: “I’ve been fortunate to see first-hand the positive impact Golden Memories has had on older people’s lives in South Bristol.

“The success is very much down to our remarkable colleagues providing unique opportunities for the lovely participants and carers who attend each week to engage in regular and stimulating activity.  We are very grateful for the support from Quartet Community Foundation which will ensure the programme can continue to be delivered in the shadow of Ashton Gate Stadium. I very much look forward to popping along again sometime soon.”

The Golden Memories programme includes a reminiscence session – an informal and relaxed discussion group based around shared stories and exploring a range of memorabilia from yester-year and a plethora of sensory objects to stimulate sight, sound, taste and touch. This is followed by a time of social interaction over an old-fashioned cup of tea and a biscuit and then a period of light physical activity.

Weekly sessions run every Friday from 12:30-3:30pm, costing £5 per person or £8 per couple.

Kris Tavender, Golden Memories programme manager, said: “Quartet Community Foundation’s support for our Golden Memories programme truly is a game-changer. Every week, our group of truly unique and incredible older people come together to share company, time, – and to be honest, the trials of life – with each other.

“This donation to our work enables further development of our weekly sessions, better provision for our amazing older people, and a sense of security as we further progress our goal of 100% sustainability.

“Thank you, Quartet for your compassion, your support and you heart.”

The programme is now moving into a new period of development to make the weekly session fully sustainable, and as such is open to all new support or sponsorship.

To find out more about Golden Memories, see https://www.bristol-sport.co.uk/community/bsf-funded-programmes/golden-memories/ or contact programme manager, Kris Tavender (ktavender@bristolbearsrugby.com).