Rehman expands Asian sport charity

By Will Astbury

Former Bradford City captain Zesh Rehman has extended the services of his sporting charity to schools in Manchester.

The 27-year-old footballer, who was the first British Asian to play in the Premier League, signed for Thai side Muangthong United in late December but before he left took the time to establish the Zesh Rehman Foundation’s (ZRF) first project in the North West.

The Foundation is now running the Onside programme at Kassim Darwish Grammar School For Boys (KD), an Islamic independent school in Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, to teach youngsters more about the sport and hopefully to coach them into being the future stars of tomorrow.

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Group educates public about dementia

DO YOU have early dementia and live in Stockport? Would you like to raise awareness of dementia and reduce the prejudice and stigma associated with it? If so you may be interested in becoming part of the EDUCATE project.

EDUCATE (Early Dementia User’s Co-operative Aiming To Educate) looks to give people with dementia a voice through involvement in training, or speaking to others about their experiences of having dementia.

EDUCATE is part of a two year multi-agency project funded by the Department of Health to set up peer support for people with dementia.

Organisations involved in the project include NHS Stockport, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Stockport Council’s Adult Social Care, Age Concern and the Alzheimer’s Society.

People wanting to get involved in EDUCATE are invited to an introductory session to be held at the Cheshire Conference Centre, Edgeley, Stockport on the afternoon of Wednesday 2 December 2009.

Refreshments will be provided at the event and people are welcome to bring a relative or friend. There will be a couple of speakers and time to meet other people with dementia and share ideas about how to use your experience to educate others.

Councillor John Pantall, executive member for Adults and Health, said: “People with dementia can often be stigmatised. The EDUCATE project will give people with early dementia a chance to challenge some of the negativity and despair around these diseases. It will also be an opportunity for them to influence the help and support available in Stockport.”

For more information about the event or EDUCATE, please contact Sally Mendham or Ruth Mills at Stockport Dementia Care Training on 0161 419 6016 or Ruth Chaplin, Occupational Therapist based at the Meadows in Offerton on 0161 419 6064 or email sally.mendham@nhs.net or ruth.chaplin@nhs.net