Trent Bridge Community Trust are offering two projects to help support the community.
Both projects will be delivered in Cotgrave, at Cotgrave Leisure Centre (click here for directions). All sessions are free and open access so participants can self-refer. There’s no need to be referred by a professional.
Forget Me Notts is a project which uses sport as a vehicle for reminiscence and interaction between people with dementia, their carers and those experiencing isolation and loneliness.
Sessions are commonly held at Trent Bridge, with the venue itself providing an ideal catalyst for people to discuss their sporting memories in a supportive and welcoming environment.
A typical session allows attendees to take part in specifically tailored games and quizzes against the backdrop of the hallowed Trent Bridge turf inside the Boundary’s Edge suite, with lunch provided.
Extra sessions, meanwhile, allow service users to engage in physical activity in a safe environment.
The Trust has partnered with the Nottingham Forest Community Trust, the National Ice Centre, Nottingham Rugby and Edwalton Golf to deliver sports sessions, making it the first partnership of its kind in the UK.
The programme gives those with dementia the chance to express themselves and remain active both mentally and physically.
Carers who attend also have the opportunity to establish an informal support network with others who can empathise with their situation through experience.
Support is provided by volunteers who are Dementia Friends Aware, and therefore have an understanding of how dementia affects a person and how these effects can be mitigated.
Alongside the work of Forget Me Notts, the Trust has trained over 100 individuals from across Trent Bridge in dementia awareness.
This training is designed to ensure that both the staff which work within Trent Bridge and the venue itself are as welcoming as possible to those with dementia.
If your mental wellbeing feels in need of a boost, Notts in Mind is here to help.
The free programme uses sport and physical activity to:
- Increase self-esteem
- Build confidence
- Improve fitness levels
- Meet new people
- Develop support networks
Designed especially for people who feel in need of support, Notts in Mind sessions are organised by qualified coaches and take place in a safe environment.
The sessions are the perfect way to introduce yourself to a new sport or activity, and to find a release from the stresses and strains of everyday life.
The sessions are split into male and female sessions to ensure everyone feels comfortable.