If lockdown has left you feeling isolated or anxious about leaving your home we are here to support you to get outside to connect with nature and your community.
Our ‘Out and About’ initiative will provide you with support and encouragement, enabling you to enjoy the well-being benefits of getting outdoors. We hope to boost your motivation and build a lasting confidence, so you can continue to get outdoors without our support.
We will organise a supported local outing for people with dementia and their partners, family, friends or carers to enjoy together. Whether you fancy a walk in the park, gardening on a local allotment, a trip to the seaside or bird watching at a reservoir, we will speak to you before the trip and tailor it around what you enjoy and what you can manage.
Our expert team will work with you to plan your trip out, taking care of all the details so you don’t have to, to ensure you have the peace of mind to relax and get the most from being in the great outdoors.
The days out:
- Build confidence levels for family supporters and people with dementia to start getting outside more frequently.
- Get people back out in their local communities.
- Connect people with nature, and all its well-being benefits.
- Increase opportunities for people with dementia to have new experiences that encourage engagement.
- Give carers support and company so they are able to connect with nature and relax knowing that we are there to ensure their loved one with dementia is looked after.
Locations are dependent on current government guidance and our own risk assessment in relation to Covid-19.
As soon as Government regulation allows, we’ll be organising local outings. Although this is a national programme, initially, the outings will be in Essex and the surrounding areas, as we establish best practice in the current climate.
Can You Help?
If you are interested in supporting one of our adventures as a volunteer, please let us know.
John & Gill Barefoot in the Park
We took John and Gill to Hyde Hall in Essex for a picnic lunch and walk about the gardens.
When we spoke with Gill during lockdown she was finding things very difficult, as she’d not been able to go out with John for weeks and it had led to his dementia deteriorating.
As the trip started John was very quiet, and not engaging with others, but as the day went on his interaction levels increased significantly with Gill commenting that she ‘hadn’t seen him speak at this level for many months now’.
A highlight of the day was a beautiful moment of connecting with nature as we took our shoes off and walked barefoot on the soft grass, while smelling the flowers that surrounded us.
Following the trip Gill says that John’s level of interaction has increased, he is more responsive to her and when he is with the wider family he communicates with them more than he was. The ‘out and about’ day was a positive experience for them, making significant difference to them both.
Since their day out Gill and John have gone on to enjoy a picnic out with her family. Gill said that before the trip she wouldn’t have taken a picnic as it would have felt like too much pressure with John to consider, but they both enjoyed their Hyde Hall picnic so much, she now feels confident to do it herself.
Feedback from previous events:
It’s ever so lovely here. I can’t remember where I am or why I am here, but I’m really glad I came.
It was lovely to go somewhere, and be able to look at the plants and relax, as I wouldn’t normally be able to do this.
To be able to do this was invaluable.