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Football & Edinburgh Memories

Big Hearts’ reminiscence programme is designed to help older people recall fond memories from the past, using a set of archived images and themed memorabilia.


By stimulating memories and sharing stories, our weekly groups help build positive social connections between participants.


The project is running twice a week at Tynecastle Park in our dedicated community space ‘The Shed’.

  • Every Monday: From 1:45pm to 3:15pm.
  • Every Tuesday: From 1:45pm to 3:15pm.


Big Hearts’ Memories are led by a team of trained Big Hearts volunteers and welcome guests from a wide range of backgrounds, including people living with dementia, stroke survivors, care homes patients and over 65s at high risk of loneliness.


Sessions are free to attend and include a hot drink and a pie/cake. Access is via Wheatfield Street, EH11 2NZ.


Advance registration is essential:


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Project background
Football Memories, a pioneering project from Alzheimer’s Scotland and the Scottish Football Museum, was established at Hearts in 2013, gathering older football fans to re-discover iconic players and games. In 2018, Edinburgh Memories was set up by Big Hearts to include local and social history, and encourages participants to explore key-events and life in the capital over the years.


Group sessions
Big Hearts host 2 afternoon sessions every week, where participants are invited to sit around a table and look at photos, newspapers or listen to music and participate in short quizzes. Each session covers both Football Memories and Edinburgh Memories. Our dementia-trained Volunteers are on hand to facilitate the activities and support participants according to their own needs and interests.


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