Helen's vision was to use the platform of a football club to reach a wider audience. She believed that sports clubs could play a crucial role in spreading dementia awareness.
Stand By our Side On Mental Health Awareness Day!
The power of sports transcends the field and touches the lives of fans in more ways than we can imagine. One remarkable story that embodies this sentiment is Helen’s journey of delivering the first-ever dementia workshop to Portsmouth Football Club. Her dedication to raising awareness about dementia and mental health has led to a special invitation for her and her team to attend the game on October 7, 2023, at Fratton Park, where Portsmouth will face Port Vale, all in celebration of Mental Health Awareness Day. If you’re attending the game, be sure to look out for Helen in the fan zone before the match!
Helen’s vision was to use the platform of a football club to reach a wider audience. She believed that sports clubs could play a crucial role in spreading awareness about dementia and mental health, given the passionate fan base they command. Portsmouth Football Club, with its rich history and strong community ties, seemed like the perfect partner for this endeavour.
Helen worked with Lina Small from Portsmouth FC to collaborate on what to include in the workshop which they agreed should be aimed to educate fans and staff about dementia, its challenges, and the importance of mental health support.
The day finally arrived when Helen and her team delivered the dementia workshop to the staff and supporters of Portsmouth Football Club. The event was a resounding success, with attendees gaining valuable insights into dementia and mental health. The club’s management and players were also actively involved, showing their commitment to the cause. There are follow-up sessions planned and these will continue to be developed and changed in line with the club’s changing needs.
As a token of appreciation for her outstanding work, Portsmouth Football Club extended a heartfelt invitation to Helen and her team to attend their game on October 7, 2023. The special occasion would be their Mental Health Awareness Day, emphasising the importance of mental well-being. Portsmouth would face Port Vale at their home ground, Fratton Park, and Helen would be their guest.
If you plan to attend the game on October 7, 2023, make sure to visit the fan zone before kick-off. Helen will be there, eager to meet fans, share her experiences, and spread awareness about dementia and mental health. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn more about the cause and show your support for this vital initiative.
Let’s join Helen and Portsmouth Football Club in celebrating Mental Health Awareness Day, knowing that together, we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by dementia and mental health challenges.