The co-founders of the Sporting Memories Network have been named as the latest recipients of the Prime Minister’s ‘Point of Light’ Award.
The award recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.
Tony Jameson-Allen, from North Yorkshire, and Chris Wilkins, of East Lothian, set up the Network in 2011 to work with partner organisations and volunteers across communities and generations to address three of the biggest challenges facing an ageing society: dementia, depression and loneliness.
Using the history and heritage of sport, the Social Enterprise trains staff and volunteers of all ages to facilitate free weekly groups for former players and sports fans over the age of 50.
Tony and Chris were nominated for the award by Sports Minister Tracey Crouch, who is also ‘Minister for Loneliness’, after she visited one of Sporting Memories’ programmes in April.
The founders received personal letters from PM Theresa May, and Tony said: “This is wonderful news for us and we’re both delighted to be recognised for the work that ‘Sporting Memories’ does in tackling dementia, depression and loneliness.
“Furthermore it is great recognition of the dedication of all the volunteers involved and their commitment to the work of ‘Sporting Memories’.”
Chris added: “We are very proud to be highlighted for this award and it’s indicative of the strides we are continuing to make and the impact we are having in improving the lives of older people.”