LFC Foundation and Forever Reds have come together with National Museums Liverpool to help create first-of-its-kind interactive app content to support Liverpool FC fans living with dementia.
Joining with House of Memories, National Museums Liverpool’s award-winning dementia programme, the sights and sounds of Liverpool Football Club and its illustrious history have been captured in a package for the My House of Memories app, that will help spark conversations between people living with dementia and their loved ones from across the globe.
Part-funded by LFC Foundation, the app content is the first of its kind to be developed directly with a professional football club, creating a memory-evoking dementia app package. Liverpool Football Club Memories has been developed with a range of LFC legends including John Barnes, John Aldridge and Becky Easton, Emma Case from the Red Archive and the LFC museum, who were all involved in helping to create the digital scrapbook of objects and memories of the club.
Matchday traditions inside and outside of Anfield, away days, international fans and memorable moments in the history of the club, are all captured through a range of images, video and audio. Using lived experiences of real fans, memories captured in the app content will spark conversations with Liverpool fans living with dementia, through their own connections to and memories of Liverpool Football Club.
John Aldridge, LFC legend and chairman of the Forever Reds, said:
We continue to see the impact of dementia across the world of football and so it is a natural link for LFC to be a part of the launch of digital content like this that will help so many people who are sadly living with dementia.
Dementia is a horrible condition and it’s important that we continue to help support those who are affected and their families, who are also impacted, as much as possible.
Katie Ellis Carrigg, Head of Partnerships at LFC Foundation, added:
This was a unique opportunity for us to work with House of Memories to provide specialist app content for anyone living with dementia, whether that be LFC supporters, former players or the wider football family.
We are proud to be the first club to take part in an initiative like this and we hope it is a real source of support for those who need it.
Carol Rogers, Director of House of Memories, said:
Working with Liverpool Football Club’s LFC Foundation to create app content that’s aimed directly at supporters, was such an exciting opportunity. Our app content evokes the sounds and sights of Anfield, those famous European Cup-winning nights and other special moments in LFC’s illustrious history, to help fans living with dementia and their carers across the globe.
House of Memories has built the collection of memories with the help of supporter’s groups including LFC Walking Football Group, LFC Netball Group and LFC Youth Panel. The programme is also working alongside Rowan Garth Care Village, fan project The Red Archive curated by Emma Case, and former players group Forever Red.
Items in the app have been collected from National Museums Liverpool’s own collections, as well as Liverpool Football Club’s archive and museum. In the app, users can save their favourites and add their own memories to create a bank of memories special to them.
Liverpool Football Club Memories is available to download via the My House of Memories App. Download the app now via the Apple Store and Google Play.
For more information, please visit: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/