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Shinty cards initiative aim to help mental health

By Staff Reporter

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A INITIATIVE to help shinty fans living in isolation and facing mental health issues during the coronavirus pandemic has been created.

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Shinty Memories Scotland have produced cards of historic moments in the sport for people to reminisce and discuss.

Supported by a Life Changes Trust award, SMS have produced a new set of 100 boxes of 100 cards in English and Gaelic for people who may be struggling with issues during the pandemic.

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 problems such as dementia and living with issues such as isolation, depression and loneliness.

The material being compiled for the cards will also be issued through online channels including Shinty Memories Scotland.

It is planned to release at least two of the card images a week on Facebook and elsewhere, while the card set is being compiled and produced.

Camanachd Association president Keith Loades said: “We are delighted to be supporting this work and we would encourage all our clubs and players to look after each other.”

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