Football legend Eddie Gray raises dementia awareness at Victoria Leeds

6 Apr 2017

Leeds legend Gray praises Victoria's partnership with Leeds United Foundation

During 2016, The Leeds United Foundation secured Victoria Leeds grant funding towards their Corner Flag Café initiative. The Corner Flag Café supports people with early dementia, acting as a drop in centre and meeting point to interact with other sufferers and support workers alongside ground tours, video presentations and guest appearances.

Our grant funding has enabled The Leeds United Foundation to train local unemployed people who volunteer at The Corner Flag café each month, gaining new skills, experiences and ultimately become closer to the jobs market.

As part of our funding, Peter Smith, a Leeds Dementia Champion delivered two informal lunchtime training sessions for staff at Victoria Leeds. The sessions have trained over twenty frontline and managerial staff how to engage and support visitors with dementia. Football legend Eddie Gray attended last week’s training session to show his support and praise the partnership between Victoria Leeds and The Leeds United Foundation.

Simon Fox, General Manager - The Leeds United Foundation said:”It’s a real source of pride as a Foundation to help a venue as prestigious as Victoria Leeds. The partnership is also unique and sees two huge focal points in the city unite to do the right thing for its citizens."

As part of our inclusivity strategy, we are aiming for all our shopping centres to gain ‘Dementia Friendly’ status. The Positive Places Plan for Victoria Leeds focuses on the centre gaining Dementia Friendly status during 2017.

The Leeds United Foundation is a not for profit, grass roots sports charity. The Foundation deliver targeted, high quality programmes that have a real and measurable positive impact in communities across Leeds and Yorkshire, nurturing the relationship between the club, its fans and its communities.