Football Memories is back after a successful launch event

Former Ipswich Town footballer John Wark talks with Brenda Caley and Glenis Caley during the launch

Former Ipswich Town footballer John Wark talks with Brenda Caley and Glenis Caley during the launch of Football Memories. - Credit: Su Anderson

Football lovers struggling with memory problems are invited to be part of a new project that aims to tackle social isolation.

Supported by Ipswich Town legends including Allan Hunter, Mick Lambert and John Wark, Football Memories is back following a successful pilot in June.

Three sessions will take place at different Synery Cafés across the county this month and all will see books, photographs, DVDs and game programmes go on display for people to enjoy and reminisce.

The events are perfect for older people who experience short-term memory problems, perhaps have a diagnosis of dementia, or simply have a love of football.

Steve Robbins, an Ipswich Town fan who also commentates for Ipswich Hospital Radio at Blues home matches, has developed the scheme alongside friend Jeff Arnold.

Mr Robbins, who has an extensive bank of football memorabilia, said: “It’s amazing how someone who struggles to remember what they did yesterday can have their past unlocked by the stimulus of old football photos and chat with fellow football fans.”

Football Memories is a nationwide initiative which started eight years ago in Scotland.

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The Suffolk launch was held at The Stables Synergy Café at Sue Ryder – The Chantry in Ipswich and was attended by former Town players Allan Hunter, Mick Lambert, John Wark, Bryan Hamilton, Ian Collard and Titus Bramble.

The next sessions are at Haverhill Synergy Café, West End Congregational Church on September 27 at 11.30am and on the same day at The Stables Synergy Café at Sue Ryder the Chantry in Ipswich at 2pm. On September 29 there will be another event at Newmarket Synergy Café, Childwick House starting at 11.30am.

To book a place call 01473 295200 and ask for community services.

More dates will follow at Sudbury and Bury St Edmunds in October.