'I enjoy coming along to the group as it gets me out of the house and it helps to meet other people with similar problems to what I've been through. Michelle encouraged me to come along and help with the group and I like being able to help BRC as they've helped me so much'
Molineux Memories is a group that is delivered in partnership with the Black Country NHS team from Blakenhall Resource Centre (BRC) for individuals with dementia. The group meet weekly at Molineux Stadium and each programme runs for 10 weeks. Sessions cover topics such as the Molineux memories box filled with Wolves memorabilia, open discussions, themed discussions, football victories and football achievements. In addition to this, the group also have stadium and museum tours around Molineux with lots of tea, coffee and cake too!
The group enables those identified to meet people with similar interests in an enjoyable, social group atmosphere. Not only is it beneficial for those with dementia but it can also help carers
to get involved in a different activity.
Steve Harrison is one of these examples who now volunteers with the group, making sure it runs smoothly.
Eighty year old Steve started volunteering with the group after his wife, Shirley, unfortunately passed away after suffering from dementia. During her illness she regularly attended Blakenhall Resource Centre, which is a day centre for those with dementia, who were great with her. When Shirley passed away, Michelle from the centre encouraged Steve to keep popping in and came up with the idea of coming to help with Molineux Memories. As a lifelong Wolves fan and season ticket holder it seemed a great fit.
Steve is a great help and highly popular with the group and not just because of the chocolate bars he brings!
We also asked the members of the group what they enjoy about coming:
'The company and the atmosphere are great- it's like a family and very welcoming'
'It's really enjoyable- we look forward to it and talk about the group outside of the session. It can provide a focus sometimes'
'It's brilliant and entertaining. The staff are excellent!'
'I see a different side to my partner when we come here- it's great to see that'
'It's very relaxed- it takes me back to the old days which were much better'
Molineux Memories are also one of the options over the next few months in ASDA Wolverhampton's Community Matters Scheme. Pick up a token from the till and help support this great group!