21st June 2017, 16:36 | StHelens

WATCH | St Helens' Reminiscence Café

A blast from the past with the St Helens Community Development Foundation...

The Rugby Football League recently spent a Day in the Life with the Saints Community Development Foundation.

There was a host of on-field activity at the Totally Wicked Stadium, while Saints stars made an appearance to hand out awards at a local school festival.

But a unique piece of off-field activity kicked off the day; a Reminiscence Café, serving local Dementia and Alzheimer's sufferers and their carers.

The session was the brainchild of the Foundation's Mental Health Ambassador, Eddie Cunningham, and Community Development Manager Steve Leonard.

"To see four of our past players (here), that means something to me," said Leonard.

"And it proves a point to me that no matter who you are, when you need us, the club's going to be here, the foundation will be here, that’s a big part of it.

"When I first came on board as the manager of the foundation I knew that, historically, when I was growing up, Saints was the hub of the community. Everything revolved around Saints.

"And that’s what it's about; building our community back together, because we’re so fragmented at the moment as a community. If we can play our part to get us all back together it would be great."


Saints Head Coach Justin Holbrook also dropped by for a Q and A session, staying to chat and have photos with attendees for over an hour.

Commenting on the motivation behind setting up the group, Cunningham added: "We've just got too many people in isolation.

"Some of them have family relatives as carers and it really is a difficult job, especially if we start talking about Dementia and Alzheimer's.

"So we just try to interact with them, show them something and hopefully rekindle some memories. And not only that, just give the carers a chance to have a cup of coffee, have a sandwich and have a talk, and just have a break for a couple of hours."

The Reminiscence Cafe is a self-funded session by the Saints Community Development Foundation, and they are currently seeking expressions of interest to sponsor the Cafe to help serve the ever-growing group, which now has over 40 active members.

For more information, or if you know someone who could benefit from heading along to the Remeniscence Café, contact: steve.leonard@saintsrlfc.com.