A group of Hearts fans working in conjunction with Big Hearts are using football memories to help dementia sufferers to revive memories of players, games and other incidents from football matches they watched in their younger days.
Currently the group meet on the last Tuesday of each month (1.45pm for 2.00pm start) in the Bobby Walker Suite at Tynecastle.
The existing group have become great friends and discuss football including programmes, pictures, football books and other related materials. It is also hoped that by taking part self esteem and self confidence can be improved for everyone involved in what is a friendly and relaxed setting.
The group participated in stadium tours of both Tynecastle and Easter Road in July this year which proved to be popular afternoons for everyone and helped revive many memories.
The group have also had recent visits from ex Hearts stars Alex Young and Robin Stenhouse of the 50s /60s era who answered questions about their careers at Tynecastle and in Alex's case, his time at Everton as well.
Although the group is small we find that the partners who accompany the participants find afternoon worthwhile also.
We are keen to increase the number of participants so if you know of a football fan who has a dementia diagnosis and who would be interested in joining in please contact Alex Jones email@example.com