We run hands-on projects enabling people with dementia to improve their local green spaces for nature, and to learn about and share their own knowledge of the local environment. This benefits the project participants, local wildlife and communities. Click the ‘Our Projects’ links below for more details about our work across the country.
Recent Natural England reports, notably ‘Greening Dementia’ (2013) and ‘Is It Nice Outside?’ (2016), highlighted the substantial benefits for those living with dementia through being outside and engaging with the natural environment, such as an overall improved sense of well-being, increased verbal expression, memory, attention, awareness and self-esteem. These reports also identified several barriers which can discourage people living with dementia from engaging with the outdoors, including the costs involved, the impact of risk aversion, issues with signage and a lack of confidence.
Our projects aim to encourage people living with dementia, as well as their carers and family members, to positively engage with the outdoors. We also work with individuals to overcome any barriers that may be preventing them from engaging with nature and the outdoors.
|Green Pathways for Life:
|Glasgow and Renfrewshire
|Leaping Forward for Dementia: