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Football Based Reminiscence with People with Dementia

Back in July I alerted followers about an upcoming free conference from Memories FC.

I can now confirm some details:

Memories F.C. Free Public Knowledge Exchange Conference November 29th & 30th 2012

Day 1: We would like to invite you to our end of project Community Conference at Hampden Park, Glasgow on Thursday 29th November 2012 (9.30-16.30) . (This online registration is for Day 1 only. Details of Day 2 are below)

The Scottish Football Reminiscence Partnership Public Conference is an event to share the findings and celebrate the success of the AHRC & SFC funded Knowledge Exchange Project.

"Harnessing the Heritage of Football: Creating Meaningful Activities and Therapeutic Work with People with Dementia."

This novel project has demonstrated the potential of football focussed reminiscence, creatively exploring how a fusion between cultural heritage, scientific insights, design and performing arts can benefit and improve the lives of people with dementia and their family carers.

For Day 1: If you are a practitioner from Health or Social Care who works with people with dementia, an informal or paid carer, a researcher or educator with an interest in dementia care and reminiscence work, this day will be of particular interest to you.

The event will include talks, a Knowledge Exchange Cafe, the premier of "I left my heart" a dramatic piece based on our findings by playwright and broadcaster Padraig Coyle, performed in the Scottish national Football Museum. Other highlights include a demonstration of an interactive prototype digital 'Memory Cube' deigned by collaborators at Northumbria University and Quilting Memories.

Speakers include Mr Henry Simmons , CEO of Alzheimer Scotland; Professor John Starr, from the Scottish Dementia Clinical Research Network -SDCRN; Professor Debbie Tolson, Professor of Gerontological Nursing at Glasgow Caledonian University & Professor Hugh O'Donnell, Glasgow School for Business & Society, Glasgow Caledonian University. 

In addition we expect a representative from the Scottish Government to attend and formally open the Alzheimer’s Scotland Reminiscence Hub at Hampden Park. Our partners in Memories FC (Alzheimer Scotland and the Scottish Football Museum) were successful in obtaining a Postcode Lottery grant to develop this facility at Hampden Park.
We hope that you will be able to attend this day and look forward to sending you the detailed programme as soon as you have registered.

For Day 2: The second day of our public conference will take place on Friday 30th November 2012 (12.30-4.00pm) again at Hampden Park, Glasgow.

This day is for people with memory problems and dementia, family carers and the public who have an interest in reminiscence.

This day will include football memory activities; the premier of "I left my heart" a dramatic piece based on football memories, performed in the Scottish national Football Museum. Other highlights include a demonstration of an interactive prototype digital 'Memory Cube' deigned by collaborators at Northumbria University, the Quilting Memories project.

You will also have the chance to enjoy a tour of the Scottish Football Hall of Fame, The Scottish Football Museum, a Mini Stadium Tour and other exciting activities.
Contact Andy if you wish to attend.
Tel: 0141 331 3103

Check our Facebook site for further details of Day 2 (

Memories FC is a partnership between Glasgow Caledonian University, Alzheimer Scotland, The Scottish Football Museum, European Former Players Association and the University of the West of Scotland & St Louis University, USA

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