Wins to date
The GameChanger PSP Management Group has already managed to support some early GameChanger activities:
We invited children and young people with diabetes Type 1 to come along to a very special event at Easter Road. Scott Allan, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 12, spoke to over 300 children and their families about how he manages his condition and ensured it did not prevent him realising his dreams to be a professional footballer. It was a very special evening and the responses and feedback we received was unprecedented. This was the first of our 'Healthy Hibs'.
Our second took place during national Suicide Prevention Week. GameChanger worked with the Choose Life Co-ordinators in Lothian and Borders to help organise this years’ Choose Life Challenge Football tournament. This took place at Ormiston Training Centre and was a resounding success. We were also able to highlight suicide prevention messages at the Hibs home game on 5 September.
The GameChanger Management Team were also delighted to support the public mental health art project 'Conversations for Change' led by CAPS and supported by See Me. The artist led a series of interventions in public places inviting people talk about mental health. The LED screens throughout match day on 26 September were used to ask the question 'Is it easy to talk about mental health'.
On Saturday 17 October before the match kicked off the Living it Up team took part in Hibs Family Day promoting self-management and awareness of how you can manage your health condition.
Since the start of 2016, GameChanger has strengthened its partnership with Living it Up, the online digital health platform designed to help people get more out of life and stay happier, healthier and safer. The Living it Up team are at all of Hibernian’s home matches carrying out health checks before the match moving around different stands and areas each week in order to reach all fans.
(January 2016 ongoing)
Again with Living it Up, GameChanger has launched a 500 mile Step Challenge, where Hibernian players, staff and directors are teaming up to walk 500 miles and have challenged the Hibs support to walk 500 more. You can register at Livingitup.org.uk/500miles to keep track of the team and also to take part. Pedometers, bags and water bottles are available at Hibernian home matches to help people take part in the challenge.
Through GameChanger, Hibernian Football Club has just signed up to be one of only 100 restaurants in Scotland initially chosen to promote ‘Good to Go’, the government led initiative encouraging the public to take home any uneaten food after a meal out if they wish to do so. Very shortly, hospitality and event guests at Easter Road will be able to take home any of their unfinished food after their meal in a dedicated carton. This is an excellent and important environmental initiative to cut down food waste in Scotland.