Kind hearted Gary gets the ball rolling

Patients in Ward 3 at the Royal Alexandra Hospital are benefitting from taking part in ward based Football Memories sessions, thanks to the generous efforts of local Paisley volunteer, Gary Reid.

Gary has been volunteering on Ward 3, which cares for medicine for the elderly patients, for over three years and approached local businesses and St Mirren Football Club to help purchase the Sports Heritage Scotland Football Memories kit.

The kits, created through a unique partnership between Alzheimer Scotland and The Scottish Football Museum, use memories of football to improve the life of people with dementia and memory problems.

Staff and volunteers on the ward have been making use of the kit, which includes Scottish Football legends cards, a Football Memories DVD and access to online archive images from Scotland’s sporting history.

The kit can be used in one to one sessions with individual patients or as a group where patients reminisce together in the ward day room.

Gary said: “I had heard about the project through our ward activities co-ordinator and I thought it would be a great resource for our patients, and not only for those patients with dementia. These activities encourage patients that have never spoken to each other to get talking.”

Victoria Canon, Senior Charge Nurse is delighted that Gary has introduced this unique initiative to the patients in the ward.

She said: “The nursing team enjoy seeing the patients interacting and reminiscing with each other. Providing activities that promote social interaction helps us improve the care experience of our patients and supports us to provide person centred care.”

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer like Gary can contact the volunteering team on 0141 201 0360 or email [email protected]