We're delighted to announce a new project funded by the Armed Forces Covenant small grants fund, Bradford City FC Vetarans.
The aim is to use the power of sport and the name of Bradford City FC to engage with older, socially isolated members of the ex-service community in Yorkshire and bring them together to share memories, re-connect and improve their physical and mental health.
The project will see the delivery of breakfast and lunch clubs at the stadium and also within the outreach care setting aimed at bringing together older veterans in an inspiring and safe venue that appeals to them. We will also engage with carers, family members, and volunteer befrienders of care staff, to be able to also engage with more isolated individuals who are in their own home or residential care, and are wither not able, or not inclined to, join in group activities. Opportunities will be developed to allow older people isolated through social or mental issues to feel able to join group activities.
The project will also feature regular "supporters' club" meetings, where potential participants can enjoy a taste of group activities, where members of different groups can meets, along with their carers, family members and friends, across all communities.
Other services will also be sign-posted or made available at these meetings including awareness around conditions such as dementia, depression, diabetes etc, and activities designed to improve vascular health and to reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes.