Mollie Garside: Onwards and Upwards
Saints Foundation’s Generation Gains programme specifically works with isolated older people over the age of 65, helping them with things such as their core stability, tackling early onset dementia and offering a wide-ranging activity programme for them to engage in.
Of all the countless participants who have seen positive improvements to their lives, Mollie Garside, 93, has been are the forefront of the programme for almost a year now, ever since being a focal point of Saints Foundation’s maiden Saints Together campaign in April 2017.
“Since we did the filming last year for Saints Together I’ve been attending two Generation Gains sessions a week,” Mollie says. “I’ve also been trying to encourage others to come as much as possible too.”
“I always do my best to talk to people if I know they live by themselves, and make them feel as involved as possible.”
“I’ve noticed a lot of changes in myself in the last year. I feel fitter and stronger, and the sessions are helping me keep mobile.”
“My social life has also improved because of Generation Gains, it’s really helped keep me going at the end of my life after I have been lucky enough to do so much already.”
“Through the Foundation I have been lucky enough to attend several events, and have met some lovely people who all do an amazing job. I’ve also met some really inspirational people who have been helped by Saints Foundation, like I have.”
“Being involved with Saints Foundation and Southampton Football Club makes me really happy, and gives me something to look forward to every week.”
“Seeing people at the sessions who might not get to talk to anyone else makes me feel useful and valued. I’ve been unwell recently, but the thought of being able to get back to doing that has kept me going.”
“My plan for the future is to get back to attending Generation Gains sessions after being unwell, and get back to my normal routine. I want to keep going as long as I can, and continue to inspire and support others in whatever way I can.”
For more information on our Generation Gains programme, please contact Paul Hedges at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 08456889370.