Looking Back CIC Case Study

Looking Back creates a unique brand of localised rugby league reminiscence sessions, open to “home and away” supporters, which celebrate local sporting and social history across the country – each with their own identity, Dewsbury Memories, Batley Memories, Huddersfield Rugby Memories.

Looking Back CIC ran at least 6 dementia support group sessions per week which have been a mixture of face-to-face, blended using their clever OWL technology, and online sessions. Over the year they had over 1900 attendees to 240 sessions, and once again, the feedback has been heart-warming:

  • “You are my only window on the world.”
  • “The weekly meetings have saved me during the Pandemic.”
  • “I so look forward to Friday mornings – thank you for letting me join in.”

From speaking with the families and carers of their participants, Looking Back CIC knew that both the online sessions and face-to-face sessions offer some respite – their carers do not have to stimulate conversation or participate during the reminiscence sessions – rather they get a well-earned break. This has been an important aspect of the project and reaching out to carers remains one of their most significant challenges.

Mr Reubens Story

Yorkshire Cricket Foundation introduced Mr Ruben to the Looking Back sessions he’s a lifelong Rugby League fan. His dad took him to his first match in 1947 at the age of 5.

“We talk about the game we love, about what’s happened in the past. We’ve all been stuck indoors for 19 months
and didn’t go anywhere. This was a way of forgetting about the lockdown and just relating to something we like doing.

It was like going into a fantasy world, talking about something I love that’s in my blood. It it’s helped me so much, I would have gone bonkers you know, not getting out and one thing and
another, it’s helped me out. It’s been brilliant.

Mr Reuben

The charity told us, “Some can’t get to a match anymore, for various reasons, so this is great for them. It also bridges the gap between seasons and fills that void. That gap affects people but this makes it slightly better.”