Pools Take Steps To Become Dementia Friendly
H’Angus the Monkey has become the first football club mascot in the country to become a Dementia Friend as part of a new link-up between Hartlepool United and Alzheimer’s Society.
H’Angus and full-time staff at the League Two outfit to take part in a Dementia Friends information session to help make sure they can accommodate those living with dementia in the best way possible.
The session was part of the Team Dementia Friends campaign which aims to help football clubs across England and Wales ensure they are better able to support fans who have dementia.
H’Angus the Monkey – played by Michael Evans – was given special dispensation by his bosses at Hitachi in Newton Aycliffe to attend the session and secure his place in the Dementia Friends record books.
Pools Operations Director Mark Burrows, explained:
'We want the club to play a part in helping to break the stigma connected with dementia and this was our first small step.
'The message from us is that we’ll do whatever we can to make sure any fans living with dementia can continue to enjoy supporting Hartlepool United in as comfortable an environment as possible.
'By educating our staff and those that will be communicating with our fanbase on a regular basis we can make sure that this club becomes truly dementia-friendly.'
Andrew Ball, Dementia Action Alliance Project Manager and Dementia Friends Champion, delivered the session at The Northern Gas and Power Stadium during which staff were encouraged to ask questions to broaden their knowledge:
'Hartlepool United is an integral part of the local community here and I am overjoyed they are taking steps to become dementia friendly,” said Newcastle-based Andrew.
'Hartlepool is recognised as a dementia friendly community and having the support of such a community-spirited club is great.
'Dementia Friends will give them information about what it is like to live with dementia and turn this understanding into action; this will mean such a lot to those with dementia who watch Hartlepool United Football Club regularly.'
- For more information about Dementia Friends and to find out how you and your organisation could get involved visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk