As another successful year for GIS comes to a close it’s very humbling to reflect on the difference we’ve made to the lives of so many families facing the challenges of dementia & Parkinson’s disease.
I wish I had the time to share with you all the wonderful messages of gratitude we’ve received from the people we’ve supported this year.
We started the year setting up our first venue in Scotland and finished it trialling dementia golf sessions at Rudding Park. Along the way we’ve successfully delivered over 100 golf sessions and quickly reached full capacity… proving the demand for our service and gathering more compelling evidence on the health & wellbeing improvements we’ve made to people’s lives by introducing them to golf.
Awareness about our pioneering work and it’s social impact is gathering momentum, giving us the confidence to start planning to extend the availability and access to our golf sessions at more venues throughout the UK… and beyond.
A special mention must go to the amazing support of UnLtd and The Life Changes Trust. Their belief in us and our social mission has proved instrumental in getting this far.
As we embark on another exciting year for GIS, our short term plans include the launch of new venues for our golf sessions in Ipswich, Wales and Northern Ireland, providing us with a “Centre of Excellence” in each of the “Home Nations”.
In addition we’re planning to extend our coverage in Lincolnshire and add new sessions to our schedule at Rudding Park.
This Spring will see us continue our excellent partnership with the University of Lincoln as we work with them on a research project that will consider the wider societal impact of our service, in particular the difference it makes to carers lives.
And finally…. just before Christmas we received the excellent news that Golf In Society has been successful with it’s application to join UnLtd’s THRIVE programme. This will give us six months of intensive support to help us get our social venture ready to scale up and achieve our social dream.
If our plans for 2019 are successful then it will mean even more families will be benefitting from our pioneering work and we will have a great platform from which to extend the availability of our golf sessions throughout the UK and beyond….
It looks like we’re set for another exciting and rewarding year.
Anthony Blackburn (Founder)