What is it?
Green Pathways for Life is an exciting 18 month project working with people living with dementia in Glasgow, delivering practical and educational outdoor activities to improve local green spaces for wildlife.
Who is it for?
This project will work with people living with dementia in Glasgow, both within care homes and those living at home. They will work on practical outdoor projects to improve their local green spaces for wildlife and learn about and share their own knowledge of the local environment. This will benefit the project participants, local wildlife and communities.
Through Natural England reports, such as the 2013 ‘Greening Dementia’ and the 2016 ‘Is It Nice Outside?’, there have been substantial benefits recorded and highlighted for those living with dementia through being outside and engaging with the natural environment. This resulting in an overall improved sense of well-being, as well as benefits such as: increased verbal expression, memory and attention, awareness and self-esteem. There have also been several barriers found to limit 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.
What are the aims?
Through this new project Froglife will encourage people living with dementia as well as their carers and family members, to positively engage with the outdoors and work with individuals to overcome the barriers that may be preventing them from accessing the outdoors.
This work is supported with an award from the Life Changes Trust. The Trust is funded by the Big Lottery.
The Life Changes Trust was established by the Big Lottery Fund in April 2013 with a National Lottery grant of £50 million to support transformational improvement in the quality of life, well-being, empowerment and inclusion of two key groups in Scotland: People affected by dementia and care experienced young people.
Want to find out more?
If you’d like to hear more about this project or would like to enquire about participation please contact Louise Smith, Learning Officer:
Tel: 0141 339 0737
Mob: 07985 566 381
Froglife, Graham Kerr Building, University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ