If you have an interest in supporting people living with dementia to access nature and the outdoors, we are offering free online taster training sessions for staff, volunteers and organisations.
This is part of our Dementia Skills Programme. It is essential that you have completed the first module in our Dementia Skills Session training programme, ‘Thinking Differently About Dementia‘, providing you with the foundation knowledge you need to get the most out of your Time in Nature session.
As parks, gardens, farms and other outdoor spaces adjust to a ‘new normal’, this session will help you think about planning a nature-based programme or get ideas on how to adapt and develop your existing activities during this time of social distancing.
Research shows that connecting with nature or getting outdoors improves health and wellbeing and can slow the decline in dementia. We are being told that people with dementia are feeling more isolated than ever, with the closure of their usual clubs, activities and outdoor experiences. This session will help you think about what you need to set up nature-based supported experiences that can improve the wellbeing of all involved.
In each 1.5 hour session we cover:
- Why now, more than ever, connection to nature and the outdoors is essential.
- The health and wellbeing benefits of connecting with nature for people with dementia and family members.
- How to reach people in your community.
- How to make your environment more inclusive.
- Resources to support your knowledge on nature connection and outdoor experiences.
You will be able to ask our experienced trainers individual questions while joining with other people in a similar situation.
Time in Nature Dementia Skills Sessions are FREE to attend but booking is essential. Book your session below. Due to high demand we have a limit of 2 or 3 spaces per project/organisation.
Who should attend?
This taster session is appropriate for any individual looking to support people with dementia to get outdoors including staff and volunteers at green space organisations, care farms, care homes, carer groups and other organisations providing support. If you have any questions, please get in touch.
If this session inspires you to take the next steps in planning your outdoor programme, consider including Dementia Adventure in your planning and funding applications. We can provide you with tailored training and support for the staff and volunteers in your setting/organisation. Please contact us for further information.
In partnership with Rutland County Council, Rutland Admiral Nurse Service and the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust we are helping people living with dementia and their family members to share time together in the beautiful Rutland Water Nature Reserve and enjoy nature and the outdoors.
We facilitated bringing the partner organisations together, provided dementia awareness training for staff and volunteers, support to build confidence in communicating with people living with dementia and guidance on using the nature reserve to provide outdoor opportunities.