On Friday 23rd November, Cardiff City FC Community Foundation were proud to host an engagement session for the Sporting Memories Project.

Guests included HM Lord-Lieutenant of South Glamorgan, Morfudd Meredith, Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies AM, Jo Stevens MP and Foundation Ambassador Stephen Doughty MP. 

The Foundation have teamed up with the Royal British Legion to create a Veteran's Project, designed to use the power of Cardiff City FC to engage with socially isolated retired and ex-armed forces personnel or those at risk of becoming lonely in and around Cardiff. 

The project backs into the Welsh Government's national strategy to develop a coherent, holistic and long-term response to loneliness and social isolation in Wales. 

Working closely with the Sporting Memories Foundation, Cardiff City FC Community Foundation are also developing sporting and military reminiscence materials that will be used to support those suffering from dementia, as well as working to up-skill and train members of the group and wider community to deliver reminiscence activities. 

Guests were introduced to the project, before hearing about how the project has influenced some of the veterans that have been participating thus far. Visitors also took part in a reminiscence workshop, to find out a bit more about how the project works and were treated to a stadium tour to finish off the day.

Wales has one of the largest proportions of veterans in the UK with 7% of all veterans currently living here. Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan has a veterans population of around 27,320 and 8% suffer with mental health issues including depression and anxiety.

The project, funded via a grant from the Royal British Legion, seeks to focus on these key issues and provide structure and support that allows veterans to come together, have fun and take part in a range of new activities led by their interests that target physical and mental activities.

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