Extra Time

Extra Time project is funded by the Big Lottery's Awards for All programme and uses the power of football to engage older people (Sixty Plus) in Edinburgh in structured activity that aims to reduce social isolation; improve physical and mental health; increase confidence and social esteem; increase independence; grow personal support works; reduce dependence on medication; and reduce the incidence of falls.

The project focuses on older people living in Leith one of the City of Edinburgh’s most deprived areas where there are particular issues with alcohol abuse amongst older people and is delivered from Easter Road Stadium, central to the community of Leith and accessible to all with lifts and accessible toilets.

Extra Time runs in ten week blocks, twice weekly, with four blocks being delivered across the lifetime of the project. In total forty, two hour sessions will be delivered.

The project will work in partnership with a range of agencies active in the area and participants will be referred through the partners as well as being recruited through a promotional and marketing campaign that will be run in localities.

Each ten week delivery of the project will attract 12 participants with 48 different participants engaging through the year.

Every session will last for two hours and consists of three parts which will integrate physical activity, informational sessions and social activities.

Physical activity sessions will include a wide range of sports including walking, walking football, skittles, boules, tai chi, armchair aerobics, gardening, table tennis and yoga. These activities are designed to improve the mental and physical wellbeing of the older person and allow them to carry out everyday tasks independently.

The project also delivers information sessions promoting important lifestyle messages and practical information and advice on issues affecting people sixty plus that affect their every day life. This includes nutritional sessions - emphasizing the importance of diet and portion control; alcohol - detailing he importance of adhering to safe limits particularly for older people and the effect it can have on health; personal safety – including dealing with door to door callers and nuisance telephone calls; fire safety – including the importance of maintaining fire alarms, chip fat fires and how to make emergency calls in the event of a fire.

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