The BAT Foundation & Call To Mind

We are very proud to announce that at this years event Big Family Festival in collaboration with the Bounce Alzheimer’s Therapy (The BAT Foundation) and the Call to mind. Design Company, is launching a major ‘Dementia Friendly Communities’ Initiative for the West Midlands.

BAT & Call to Mind are promoting Table Tennis across the U.K. as a proven & very effective therapy for dementia. One that is drug free, carer inclusive and which can delay early symptom onset and reduce cognitive decline.

Working with neuroscientists at the University of Stirling, Kings College London and University College London, BAT & Call to Mind have developed a range of specialist Table Tennis equipment, specifically designed to compensate for the deprivations experienced by those living with the Alzheimer’s condition and to significantly enhance the therapeutic experience.
Bat & Call to Mind will have their innovative and revolutionary tables on site at the Festival for visitors to try out, with professional coaches from Table Tennis England on hand to give playing tips.

In addition, there will be a ‘Nomination Point’ at the Festival, where families can propose local Care Homes to be potential recipients of donated Therapy tables. Also, for nearby Schools & Colleges to be gifted with customised tables and enrolled in a Programme, in association with Sport England and the Youth Sport Trust, where pupils & students can volunteer to play Table Tennis at the selected Care Homes with the residents.