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‘Talking Tigers’ is launched

MEMORIES: Castleford captain John Joyner holding the Challenge Cup aloft in 1986. Picture courtesty of http://archive.castigersheritage.com
MEMORIES: Castleford captain John Joyner holding the Challenge Cup aloft in 1986. Picture courtesty of http://archive.castigersheritage.com

A project where people share their memories of Castleford Tigers is set to help people with dementia.

‘Talking Tigers – Sharing Histories’ will work with volunteers, carers and people with or at risk of dementia.

The group, which will meet regularly at Castleford Library, has been launched by Tigers Trust, the charitable arm of Castleford Tigers RLFC.

Steve Ball, of Tigers Trust, said: “Isolation in older people is a big issue in Castleford and through the generous funding we’ve received we are excited to look at a project that can address some of these issues and make a positive difference in bringing people with a similar interest together.”

The project is also developing a dementia friendly app linked to the Castleford Tigers Virtual Museum. Volunteers will be trained to use the app and supported in taking the project to care homes and out within the wider community. Key sites or venues where people meet up throughout Castleford are signing up for the project. These will become Talking Tigers ‘dementia friendly Hot Spots’ where participants can use a QR code to find stories about the heritage of the club that link to venue where they are. A printed map of all contributing venues will also be produced as a Heritage Trail. The trust is working with One to One Development Trust to deliver the project following funding from a NOVA Live Well Grant and Community Foundation Wakefield District Elderly Person’s Social Isolation Fund.

For more contact Mr Ball on 07707927090 or email steveball@castigers.com or ring Judi Alston on 07901 686142 or email info@onetoonedevelopment.org.