The Granby Care Home in Harrogate is teaming up with Harrogate Town AFC to hold ‘sporting memories’ sessions for its residents.

The virtual sessions, which are delivered by Harrogate Town’s Community Foundation, allow residents to reminisce about past sporting events that were significant in their lives.

The Granby’s residents are then encouraged to engage socially around these moments, both with other residents and with the club’s volunteers who act as ‘facilitators’.

Fiona Adamson, Business Development Manager for brighterkind, which runs The Granby, said:

“We had the first one a couple of weeks ago and these kind of activities are just so important.

“The discussions that it generated brought back so many memories for our residents and that kind of reminiscing supports mental health and wellbeing and it also encouraged a really good exchange of stimulating conversation. It was a really good activity and we plan to do more of those.”

The sporting memories sessions are just one of the initiatives from the Harrogate care home as they aim to keep their residents connected with the Harrogate community.

The Granby have invited those who use their facilities, they have a cafe, library and ballroom following a refurbishment in 2017, to enable further community engagement for residents, and the care home has also partnered with the Parkinson’s Society.

Fiona added:

“One of the things that we’ve always wanted to do for the residents of the Granby is to include them in Harrogate life. Many of our residents have lived and worked in Harrogate for many years before they came to live in the Granby so we absolutely don’t want to lose those connections.

“I work in a lot of different towns in Yorkshire, but I can honestly say that the Harrogate community is one of the most inclusive, willing communities that I’ve come across. There are so many organisations and so much goodwill and voluntary work that’s done in Harrogate and we wanted to be a part of that.”

Your Harrogate’s Nick Hancock was joined by Fiona to chat about the Granby Care Home and their community initiatives – listen to the full chat here:

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