Around 7 years ago, we were delighted to introduce a new initiative within Morton in the Community, which was aimed at giving people the chance to come together and talk about football from the past, called ‘Morton Memories’.
Fast forward 7 years later, the initiative is still running, with the help of funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, and we take the greatest of pride in being able to provide this opportunity for people to come along and have a place to chat with each other.
Furthermore, not only does it give people the chance to talk about football, but it also gives people the chance to talk about their lives and reminisce about their good times in life, which we hope will bring back nothing but happy memories for them.
Due to Covid restrictions, our Morton Memories is now running online each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3:00pm however prior to Covid, we were able to use Cappielow, the home of Greenock Morton, as our meeting place place and we hope that after the pandemic, we will be able to return to using Cappielow for our meetings.
For each month, resources are sent out to anybody who we know will be joining us in the video calls, with these resources being a range of historical moments and players from the past.
Through this initiative, we have been able to gain excellent partnerships which have ensured the continual smooth running of our Morton Memories.
Firstly, we have been delighted to partner up with Football Memories Scotland who have been fundamental in providing monthly resources to our participants as well as providing delivery resources, both of which are crucial for our Morton Memories.
We also have an excellent partnership with Alzheimer Scotland who have been incredible in their support for us, with Michael Hendry from Alzheimer Scotland often coming along to facilitate the meetings along with Jonny Roy.
Michael has also praised both the partnership and the initiative which we have as he said: “It is a great partnership we have with you guys at Morton in the Community and it’s fantastic we can deliver this group. It really does mean so much when we can see the positive impact it has on the ladies and gentlemen who are coming to this group.”
Jonny Roy, our Health Project Worker at Morton in the Community, has been working with us for many years now and has been facilitating Morton Memories since its inception.
Jonny said: “We’re delighted to get our Morton Memories project back up and running in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland and Football Memories Scotland. The project is currently operating online via video call, but it is fantastic to see some familiar face and a really enjoyable chat every Wednesday. Fingers crossed in the not-so-distant future we can get back to Cappielow and enjoy a cuppa and an in-person meeting together.”
If you would look like to find out more about what we do or how to join our Morton Memories, you can contact Ross McLaren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to welcoming some new faces soon!