About Golf In Society

Thank you for taking the time to find out more about our pioneering work. The best way to truly understand “what we do” and “why we do it” is to watch this short video…. pictures really do paint a thousand words !!!!

For the past three years we have been proving how golf can play an important part in the lives of families living with dementia & Parkinson’s disease.

Golf In Society is a social enterprise with a vision to improve the lives of our ageing population by introducing them to the health & wellbeing benefits of golf.

Our mission is to put golf clubs at the heart of local communities where people can come together to enjoy a full and active life.

Golf gets a lot of bad publicity but it’s one of the best leisure activities out there as it stimulates the mind, body & soul and can be enjoyed for a lifetime – no matter what challenges people face.

Our dream is to see our pioneering golf sessions “socially prescribed” as a service that facilitates healthy ageing and supports people with chronic illness, especially later in life.

In September 2015 we decided to put our mission to the test….

We launched our pilot project at Lincoln Golf Centre to prove what a positive contribution golf can make to the lives of families living with dementia. The results have been truly inspirational and given us the confidence to continue the mission.

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Dementia golf buddies

In April 2016 we began our second pilot project – golf sessions for families living with Parkinson’s disease. Once again, the positive impact has been amazing to witness.

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In our first three years we are very proud to have created the FIRST dementia friendly golf club and the FIRST Parkinson’s friendly golf club anywhere in the World. They continue to go from strength to strength.

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Our next project, with the support of Life Changes Trust is to create the FIRST Dementia Friendly Golf Community in Scotland at Mearns Castle Golf Academy near Glasgow.

It’s been a challenging journey to get this far but it’s been worth every minute. Knowing that you’re making a real difference to people’s lives is what inspires us to make our vision a reality…

In the words of Walt Disney “If you can dream it, you can do it” and we’re dreaming big!

Anthony Blackburn – Founder (Golf In Society – TM)

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  1. I think this is absolutely brilliant! This is very close to my heart. How is it coming with the first dementia friendly golf club in Glasgow? I’d like to see if there are any potential ways to support that initiative!

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    1. Good morning Kirsty. Thank you for those kind words. Glasgow is going really well and we are now getting referrals in from health professionals. We are always interested in talking to like-minded people about how we can work together. Why not send us an email or ring us. Our number is 07491694938 and email is golfinsociety@gmail.com. Look forward to speaking to you. Anthony

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