What is it?
Green Pathways for Life delivers practical and educational outdoor activities for people living with dementia, to improve local green spaces for wildlife, while enabling people to gain all the benefits associated with spending time outdoors.
The project operates both in Glasgow and in Frome, Somerset.
Who is it for?
This project is working with people living with dementia in Glasgow and Frome, Somerset, both within care homes and those living at home. We run practical outdoor projects enabling people to improve their local green spaces for nature, and learn about and share their own knowledge of the local environment. This benefits the project participants, local wildlife and communities.
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.
What are the aims?
Through this new project Froglife encourages 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.
The project in Glasgow was set up with an award from the Life Changes Trust who are 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.
The Frome, Somerset project is supported through the Somerset County Council. We are also thankful to the Hospital Saturday Fund for their support of the project.
Want to find out more?
If you are interested in participating or learning about the project in Frome, Somerset, please contact Zak Mather-Gratton, Project Officer:
Mob: 07949 572849
If you are interested in participating or learning about the project in Glasgow, please contact Louise Smith, Learning Officer:
Tel: 0141 339 0737
Mob: 07985 566 381
Froglife, Graham Kerr Building, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ