On the morning of the game, all match day stewards will be receiving dementia awareness training and over 100 staff, carers and dementia sufferers have been invited to watch the O’s take on Portsmouth, welcomed and hosted in the new east stand Fans For Diversity Hub.
Waltham Forest Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) in partnership with Waltham Forest Housing Association will also have volunteers at many of the turnstiles offering advice on dementia to fans.
Phillip Smith, Health and Wellbeing Activator said: ‘We are pleased to be able to support the Alzheimer’s society in raising awareness of dementia in the local community. We are in a unique position to be able to engage with a large number of people and as part of the wider health engagement plan the club and trust have developed; we are dedicated to improving and supporting the health of our fans and local community members”.
In the lead up to the game, a small group of elderly football fans who use the services of the Living Well team in Redbridge arrived at Brisbane Road last week and were shown around the stadium including the boardroom and changing rooms.
Lisa Oliver, Community Development Support Worker, Adult Care, Public Health & Wellbeing, Living Well Team, Dementia services, London Borough of Redbridge, commented, “We just wanted to say thank you so much for taking the time to show us all around on Friday. The gentlemen really enjoyed themselves and it was a great experience for them. The work that you are doing in supporting people with dementia is fantastic and we are looking forward to continuing to associate with you in the future.”
If you’d like more information on the Living Well Team in Redbridge, you can contact Lisa at the Elderberries Day Centre, Broadmead Rd, Woodford, Essex, IG8 0LF.
Tel: 020 8504 2771
For more information on Alzheimer’s or the Alzheimer’s society click here.
To find out more about the dementia friends campaign, #TeamDementiaFriends or to become a dementia friend yourself click here.