Dementia Training & Consultancy
We deliver a range of dementia training for friends, family, volunteers, staff and organisations to help them think differently about dementia and equip them with the skills and confidence they need in their role.
Our team of experienced trainers tailor all of our training to the needs of whoever they are working with, whether that be for family and friends, individual staff, volunteers or organisations including care homes, NHS, local authorities and housing associations, green space organisations, wildlife trusts and travel companies. Our bespoke approach makes us unique. We listen to you and work with you to deliver what you need.
We base our training on research that shows connecting with nature can significantly improve the health and wellbeing of people living with dementia, including improved sleep, appetite and speech, while reducing stress, anxiety and loneliness.
The reality for many people with dementia is that they face barriers in accessing these benefits. Our aim is to support individuals and organisations to negotiate those barriers to create positive experiences, offer greater choice and facilitate better wellbeing.
No Obligation Free ‘Taster’ Training Session
To get a feel for the training we can offer, we invite you to join one of our free, online Dementia Skills Sessions – Thinking Differently About Dementia, followed by a free 30 minute consultation call to discuss your project or organisational need. Alternatively, you can contact us straight away about creating a package of training and support for your organisation or project.
Training Relevant to You
We tailor our training to the person or organisation that requires it. To find out more about the support we can offer you, please choose the option below that is most relevant to you – Family & Friends, or Professionals, Volunteers or Organisations.
To find out more about our training please contact us or call 01245 237548.
“This is a valuable learning experience. I have taken away a lot, to not only use in my personal life, but in working with people living with dementia.”
Some of our work…
Time in Nature
Working in partnership with Rutland County Council, Rutland Admiral Nurse Service and the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust we pioneered a project to support people with dementia and their family members to experience the well-being benefits of connecting to nature at Rutland Water Nature Reserve.
We facilitated bringing the partner organisations together, provided dementia awareness training for staff and volunteers, gave support to build confidence in communicating with people with dementia and guidance on using the nature reserve to provide outdoor opportunities. We also made changes on site to improve the accessibility for people with dementia, including new signage, sturdy benches with armrests and fire pits.
Regular nature experiences for people with dementia and their supporters continue in this area, where there had been no such opportunity before. The sessions, co-produced with people living with dementia, are multi-sensory and focus on keeping active and connecting with nature and seasons and building community connection.
A participant said, “I enjoy it very much. I live in a rather isolated place and I don’t see many people. Being here means I get to see other people and do fun activities.”
Walk Leader Training
When Feleena’s mum sadly passed away after years of living with dementia, she wanted to share what she had discovered as a family carer with others in a similar position. While Feelena and her Dad had attended various groups to help her Mum, none were as effective as the simple pleasure and benefits of the great outdoors.
As a result, Feelena introduced weekly supported dementia-friendly walks around Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in Cumbria. We supported her mission by delivering our Walk and Adventure Leadership Training to her team of volunteers.
The walks are popular with the local community, averaging nine or ten couples each week, supported by 14 volunteers.
Feelena says, “The training has been invaluable. With the support of our trained volunteers we are walking in grassland, on the beach, over tree roots, steps and hills. We’re even able to split into smaller groups for those who need routes suitable for wheelchairs, or others who want more of a challenge”.