To provide support and opportunity to change lives for the better. Aberdeen FC Community Trust (AFCCT) works to promote health and well-being, education, equality and to enhance social cohesion in communities.
AFCCT provide a range of activities for people living with dementia through their ‘Dementia Friendly Communities’ programme, often challenging preconceptions about what people can do with a dementia diagnosis.
Health and well-being is at the core of many activities, including the Health Walks which set off from Pittodrie Stadium each Tuesday morning, providing light exercise and an opportunity for socialising.
The Technogym programme involves gym equipment designed for over-65s, using hydraulic resistance machines for a fun, hourlong workout once a week for over 40 people.
A dementia-friendly Walking Football programme initially targeted over-65s, but has expanded to include men and women over 35 who want to get fitter due to its popularity.
Boogie in the Bar is a dementia-friendly afternoon disco aimed at over 50’s, held at the Foundry Bar in Aberdeen. It aims to bring people living with dementia together with relations and carers in a relaxed atmosphere, offering an afternoon away from a dementia diagnosis. The event was recognised at Scotland’s Dementia Awards, winning Best Community Support Initiative.
Their annual Golden Games, encompassing over 70 free sporting activities over a seven-day period in Aberdeen, won the Healthier Lifestyle Award at the Scottish Health Awards in 2015, and was praised for its work addressing major health inequalities associated with ageing.
Volunteering opportunities are also continually provided for people living with dementia who wish to remain active by helping out with AFCCT’s community projects.
AFCCT operate through a cocktail of grant funding, corporate sponsorship, and service level agreements with local authorities and national governing bodies.
Grant funding allows AFCCT to offer services to those affected by dementia for free, although participants often volunteer small donations which are then used to fund subsequent day trips.
All Dementia Friendly Communities activities are free for everyone over 65, with partners who help deliver the projects committed to supplying their activities for those affected by dementia for free.
AFCCT’s Dementia Friendly Communities programme provides people living with dementia and carers a significant say in how their community is run, tailoring activities and support to meet the needs of local people.
The latest Life Changes Trust report indicated that AFCCT engaged with up to 232 people living with or affected by dementia per week.