Through our Big Lottery Funded ‘Dementia Adventure in a Box’ project we train and support a variety of organisations in the UK to create opportunities that improve the health and wellbeing of people living with dementia and their carers.
The work we do provides social solutions to some of the issues people often seek help from their GP for. Conditions such as loneliness, depression and feelings of isolation. Through our work and the work of others, a network of social prescribing opportunities are emerging across the UK. Opportunities such as a care farm that offers you the chance to care for animals, horticulture and woodwork activities to community providers who offer day trips, experiences and weekly opportunities to be outside, make friends and be part of the local community.
International Social Prescribing Day aims to highlight solutions like these so that more people can benefit and see their well-being improve. Join the conversation online on the 14th March 2019 to find out more, using #SocialPrescribing.
Some of our partners have events you can join in with right now, around the UK:
Care Farming UK (Animal care activities)
Methodist Homes (Sensory walks, walking football and more)
Green Gym (Walks, Cafe’s and more)
Abbeyfield (Garden activities, days out and more)
Evidence shows there are too many people who are ‘risk averse’ who need training and support to embrace the benefits of outdoor activity for people with dementia.
People living with dementia, their family carers and the staff and friends who support them consistently tell us that they need a Dementia Adventure in their area. They say there are not enough choices and outdoor activities on offer locally. They would like the right support to do more, and they wish they had known about us years ago.
We work in partnership with organisations to provide in-depth support to their staff and volunteers to become confident ‘adventure leaders’. This enables an increase in the range of nature based, positive risk taking activities offered to people living with dementia in local communities.
Our partner organisations include care home groups, health care providers, green space charities and local authorities.
For more information about our Social Licence contact Simon Thorp 01245 237548.