Scunthorpe United will welcome volunteers from the North Lincolnshire Dementia Action Alliance this Saturday who will be raising awareness and holding a bucket collection ahead of kick-off.
Formed in 2014 to create dementia friendly communities, the group is made up of 30 businesses, organisations and local groups who are committed to raising awareness of dementia, plus improving and transforming the quality of life of people living with the illness.
Scunthorpe United Football Club are one of the newest members and with approximately 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia, with this increasing to over 1-million by 2025, the football club are working with the alliance to ensure that those with dementia are able to continue to support their local team and that Glanford Park remains a venue a dementia friendly venue.
This Saturday, both Scunthorpe United and the Dementia Action Alliance will raise awareness of the illness amongst club employees and supporters alike. Staff will participate in a ‘Dementia Friends’ training session, which will allow them to learn a little bit about dementia, enabling those with the illness to continue to enjoy the match. Meanwhile, volunteers will be bucket collecting pre-match to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society and Peggy’s World, who both work with local people with dementia to help continue to do the things that they enjoy, so please give generously.
Scunthorpe United’s Head of Marketing, Ticketing & Retail, Rob Noble, said: “We’re pleased to be able to help raise awareness amongst our supporters and provide training for staff in our efforts to make Glanford Park a dementia friendly venue.
“We received some informative feedback last month from volunteers from the Dementia Action Alliance who visited the stadium for a game and look forward to continuing our work with them to raise awareness and make Glanford Park dementia friendly.”