Minister Of State Visits Everton
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Last week Everton in the Community met with the Minister of State for Care and Support as part of the Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia.

The Everton delegation, along with Mersey Care NHS Care Trust staff, attended a meeting hosted by Norman Lamb MP, to discuss the role football clubs and other sports clubs in the development of dementia-friendly communities.

Earlier this year the club's official charity and Mersey Care launched a social intervention and therapeutic programme, known as 'Pass on the Memories', for patients with mild to moderate memory loss.

The weekly scheme, which is delivered from Goodison Park, uses a range of interventions, including sporting reminiscence workshops, custom-made life story memory books and calendars, day trips to local places of interest and social activities, to help people to share important memories and create new ones. One particular tool used in the sessions is an audio CD containing interviews and stories from past Everton players, including Dixie Dean and Graeme Sharp.

The Minister was eager to hear about the programme and the role the charity plays in supporting people with dementia and creating dementia-friendly environments across Merseyside.

Well done again to EITC.



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Comments about Minister Of State Visits Everton
If I recall correctly, not too long ago you stated that EITC wanted to raise one million pounds, and were asking for ideas from Everton supporters as to how to raise money. Moysey, earlier in the season, put forward the idea that players should have a 20% cut in their wages. We all know that this is not going to happen. This April, though, all those people who earn more than £150,000 a year are receiving a 5% tax cut (50% rate down to 45%). This will mean that most if not all of the Everton squad will benefit. Wouldn't it be a great gesture if the players were to donate some of that money to EITC? (I know I live in cuckoo land because, yes, I was one of those many thousands of Evertonians who thought we would beat Wigan!)
Joe Dids, Bury, Lancs, 9:01 PM 25/03/2013
Brilliant, great stuff and although alot of our younger supporters wont have come into contact with their relatives it is a growing issue as we all live longer. Both my parents suffered dementia before they passed and 5 years ago it was 25/1 (bookmakers odds) that any 1 parent suffered and now it is so prevalent. EIFC - top work, thankyou.
Alan, Hinckley, 10:13 AM 25/03/2013
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