Shinty memories update

Shinty Memories Scotland Ambassador John MacKenzie, who is also Chair of BSMG, taking delivery of the computers along with BSMG Ambassador Donnie Grant MBE.

Badenoch Shinty Memories Group (BSMG) has taken further steps to re-allocate resources to better meet the challenges faced locally in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

 Building on the set of resources already developed with support from Life Changes Trust, BSMG has now re-allocated some of its resources to purchase three computers which are being presented to the Wade Centre & Abbeyfield Care Homes together with St Vincent’s Hospital, in Kingussie. 

 This move is aimed at supporting the production of shinty film and visual USBs which have already been distributed. These included nearly 5 hours of viewing. Other support materials, including the second edition of the Group Newsletter, are being prepared for individuals in some of the care homes who might not be able to take part in communal activity due to the changed circumstances and Scottish Government advice.

 Work is also continuing on a separate programme to produce a new set of 100 boxes of 100 cards in English and Gaelic aimed at providing discussion points and reminiscence aids for people who may be struggling with issues during the pandemic, supported by a Life Changes Trust Award through an previous funding arrangement in its Creating Better Lives in the Highlands programme.

 The new computers have now been purchased and will be distributed as soon as possible. Shinty Memories Ambassador John MacKenzie MBE, who  is also chair of the Badenoch Shinty Memories Group (BSMG), said: “We are delighted to be able to re-allocate some of our existing resources thanks to the help and support of Life Changes Trust. The Covid-19 pandemic has made the delivery of our core project impossible as we had envisaged in the short to medium term. That will quite rightly be the case until travel and social distancing recommendations are relaxed. If anything, after three months or so of lockdown, our community faces even greater challenges of isolation and increasing mental health pressures. This applies not only to the older generation, but also the younger folk who are now faced with many issues in terms of their education, employment opportunities and much more besides. We are some way off having any shinty as we know it. Therefore, we have to do as much as we can through new and adapted resources to  help meet some of these challenges.”

 For further information on Badenoch Shinty Memories Group’s activities,  please contact or 07743 686270 

 Follow Badenoch Shinty Memoires on Facebook : and Shinty Memories Scotland on Facebook and Twitter (@ShintyMemSco). Other local groups also appear on Facebook and Twitter.

Further information

An innovative partnership with the Highland Folk Museum, High Life Highland and additional funding from Museums Galleries Scotland has enabled the creation of an 18-month full-time post to assist the work of Badenoch Shinty Memories, which supports a compassionate community stretching from Kincraig to Laggan and Dalwhinnie.  The project detailed above is supported with funding from the Life Changes Trust.  The Trust is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund. The Life Changes Trust was established by The National Lottery Community Fund in April 2013 with an endowment of £50 million to support transformational improvement in the quality of life, well-being, empowerment and inclusion of two key groups in Scotland: people affected by dementia and care experienced young people.

 Shinty Memories

Shinty Memories is a network of groups set up in shinty-playing communities using the sport’s archives and other resources to help people with mental health issues such as dementia and living with issues such as isolation, depression and loneliness.  

 If you would like to know more about setting up, joining or helping with Shinty Memory Groups, make a donation to help with costs, or can help supply materials for the memory boxes, please contact your local group, the Camanachd Association, or Shinty Memories Scotland on Facebook.  

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