A fun day of workshops and information stalls were on offer at an Out and About event organised by our Older People's Mental Health Services directorate on 12 October.
Staged at Crook Log Leisure Centre in Bexleyheath the many and varied stalls included a football reminiscence stall called ‘Terrace Chat'. It boasted a marvellous array of football programmes, books, scarves and memorabilia. The more modern programmes were donated by Millwall FC and there was a Charlton Athletic shirt signed by the players.
But as Jennine Butler, Occupational Therapy Technical Instructor, pointed out it was the older football paraphernalia that many people find interesting. She said: "This old pair of steel toecap football boots is often a good icebreaker, people can reminisce about football in the past and how it was when they played or when they were younger. This material is very popular with patients on Leyton and Camden wards at the Woodlands Unit in Sidcup." The boots came in their very own kit bag, circa 1950s.
Consultant Nurse, Angela Williams made sure there was a Newcastle United scarf prominently on display. She's an avid fan. And there was a photo of a packed Selhurst Park, the home of Crystal Palace FC, unrecognisable from the 21st century stadium of today.
Another fascinating stand was promoting Forgetmenot Singing, a group based at St John the Evangelist Church Hall in Bexley Village. It promotes singing for older people with Alzheimer's, dementia or other conditions along with their carers. For more information contact Rose Waghorn on 07811187490.
Other stalls included: MIND Bexley; Contact the Elderly; Men in Sheds; Advocacy for All; Volunteer Support Bexley; Irish Community Services; Bexley Carers Support; Bexley Photographic Society; Age UK Bexley; Bexley Adult Education; Crossroads; SAFFA - Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association; Dial-A-Ride; the National Development Team for Social Inclusion and Bexley Accessible Transport Scheme. There was even a free prize draw to win a food hamper.