Walking Football Scotland celebrate Age Scotland's 75th Anniversary

 Walking Football Scotland Trustees with Age Scotland CEO Brian Sloan  l-r Brian Sloan, Vivian Wallace and Gary McLaughlin

Walking Football Scotland Trustees with Age Scotland CEO Brian Sloan

l-r Brian Sloan, Vivian Wallace and Gary McLaughlin

Walking Football Scotland Trustees Vivian Wallace and Chairman Gary McLaughlin were delighted to accept an invitation to a birthday party at a special parliamentary reception in the Scottish Parliament, sponsored by Christine Grahame MSP, to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Age Scotland.

WFS are affiliated to Age Scotland and proud to be part of the big family that came together to enjoy the celebrations for this landmark occasion.

The event looked back at where Age Scotland came from, what they are doing just now for older people across the country and more importantly to the future. The new Minister for Older People, Christina McKelvie MSP, thanked the contributions of hundreds of charity supporters over the span of Age Scotland’s 75 years.

Walking Football Scotland Trustee Vivian Wallace said :
“Fantastic to be a part of the 75th celebration for an important organisation that has helped to change the lives of older people throughout Scotland and such an interesting evening hearing of all the achievements made over the years.” 

Brian Sloan, Age Scotland’s Chief Executive said:
“We’re delighted to celebrate this significant anniversary with so many older people’s groups, supporters and volunteers who’ve built and contributed to our work over the last 75 years. It is especially welcome that Scotland’s first Minister for Older People will help lead this celebration and to Deputy Presiding Officer Christine Grahame for hosting this reception in the Scottish Parliament.
“Over the last 75 years, Age Scotland and predecessor charities from the Scottish Older People’s Welfare Committee, to Age Concern and Help the Aged have been at the forefront of campaigning to improve the lives of older people in Scotland. The history is fascinating and the issues affecting the lives of older people have broadly remained consistent. Housing, poverty, health and loneliness are all issues which affect older people as much today as they did 75 years ago. We have come far, but there is still a long way to go.

 Christine Grahame MSP and Lord George Foulkes Chairman of Age Scotland  photographs by Ellie Clinch  http://www.elliemorag.com

Christine Grahame MSP and Lord George Foulkes Chairman of Age Scotland

photographs by Ellie Clinch http://www.elliemorag.com

Let's Celebrate Good Mental Health

We all have Mental Health and Walking Football Scotland is encouraging groups to be more aware of mental health, by connecting with other players at their next walking football session. Putting five minutes aside to ask someone how they are doing is a simple and easy first step to take.

It’s good to talk about mental health, and this Wednesday the 10th of October is World Mental Health Day, let’s make an extra effort and take a step towards better mental health and awareness.

Walking football brings benefits simply by playing, Health, Social Isolation, Camaraderie and Banter to name a few.

Gary McLaughlin chairman of WFS said “Being active is good for us physically, but it is more than that, it has been proven to have a positive effect on our mental health and well being. That is why we are encouraging our members and groups to make an extra effort and promote World Mental Health Day.”

Let us know if your session spoke about Mental Health.

We are looking for centres across Scotland to get involved.

Let’s celebrate good mental health and do something positive to prevent bad mental health.

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Scottish Parliamentary Reception on Yoga: Mental Health and Wellbeing.

 l-r Robert Nesbitt SAMH, Colin Mackay, Gary McLaughlin and Angus MacDonald MSP

l-r Robert Nesbitt SAMH, Colin Mackay, Gary McLaughlin and Angus MacDonald MSP

Bringing to life how yoga can support positive mental health

Walking Football Scotland trustees Colin Mackay and Chairman Gary McLaughlin joined others at a special parliamentary reception in the Scottish Parliament, sponsored by Angus MacDonald MSP on Tuesday 2nd of September.

 The event highlighted the benefits Yoga has on our mental health and acknowledged SAMH, who were celebrating the successful launch of their Mental Health Charter.

 The Charter has now attracted 114 signatories from sports governing bodies, local authorities and clubs from across Scotland.

Lindsey D Porter of Yoga-Nu-U led the discussions and introduced the workshops and demonstrations on the benefits Yoga brings to mental health.

 The speakers were inspirational and included Agnes Houston MBE who has experienced dementia for over 12 years.

She told the audience: “Dementia is about more than memory; yoga is more than exercise."

 John Arthur shared his experiences of a traumatic upbringing, the impacts of this on his life, and his battle with alcohol and drug addiction.  He spoke movingly about the benefits of Yoga and how it transformed his life and both were great advocates for the power of a healthy lifestyle and good mental health through yoga – proving once again that physical activity through sport or recreation has a positive impact on our lives and the lives of others.  

Robert Nesbitt, the Head of Physical Activity and Sport, for SAMH talked about the benefits of physical activity on our mental health.

 He added: “We all have mental health, but that doesn’t mean we have to struggle with it, there are so many opportunities out there within the physical activity and sports communities, but we have to ensure that there is no barriers to engaging, participating and achieving.”

 WFS Trustee Colin MacKay said: “The evening was fantastic and everyone who spoke did so with strength, passion and humour. Agnes and John’s stories were inspiring and will stay with me for a long time.”

WFS were one of the early organisations to sign up to the Charter, declare our support and create an action plan to demonstrate our commitment to promoting mental health and wellbeing.  We have been engaging with SAMH in the promotion of activities, whilst they are providing resources for affiliated groups that supports, raises awareness and makes us appreciate how physical and mental health are equally important to our general wellbeing.

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Third biggest Cancer killer in the UK

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 WFS chairman Gary McLaughlin and Angela Culhane, Chief Executive Officer, Prostate Cancer UK in Glasgow.

WFS chairman Gary McLaughlin and Angela Culhane, Chief Executive Officer, Prostate Cancer UK in Glasgow.

Walking Football Scotland met with Prostate Cancer UK’s Chief Executive Angela Culhane to discuss the way forward for both organisations... and education was top of the agenda.

Prostate Cancer UK is WFS’s charity partner and the meeting focused on the how to reach as many men as possible and increase awareness of the disease.

The plans include sharing literature about the disease with the aim of encouraging people to take greater responsibility for their health and wellbeing.

Angela said: “Prostate Cancer UK is delighted to be working with Walking Football Scotland to raise awareness about the disease, especially amongst men over 50, as well as to raise funds towards vital research. 

“It’s great to see the growth in popularity of walking football in Scotland and across the UK. It supports health improvements in so many ways and we are proud to be involved.”

Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer in men and is the third biggest cancer killer in the UK with Prostate Cancer UK leading research into diagnosis and treatment.

About one in eight men will be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer at some point in their lives.

WFS will be coordinating a series of events next year with a fundraising initiative, asking members and member groups to get behind the charity and raise money to help beat this disease.

Gary McLaughlin, chairman of Walking Football Scotland, said: “It was great to meet up with Angela and some of her staff in the offices here in Scotland. We all realise the importance of research into prostate cancer and that funding is crucial. Our members are sadly of the age this disease most commonly strikes and it makes perfect sense to raise awareness and at the same time to raise funds for this worthwhile charity.”

WFS Board will meet soon to discuss putting this plan into action.

For more information on Prostate Cancer please follow the link below:

https://prostatecanceruk.org/

 l-r WFS Chairman Gary McLaughlin meeting Gerard McMahon Change Delivery Officer, Angela Culhane CEO and Bronwyn O’Riordan Fundraising Manager - Scotland of Prostate Cancer UK.

l-r WFS Chairman Gary McLaughlin meeting Gerard McMahon Change Delivery Officer, Angela Culhane CEO and Bronwyn O’Riordan Fundraising Manager - Scotland of Prostate Cancer UK.