Dementia Training For Organisations, Professionals & Volunteers
Are you an organisation, member of staff or a volunteer who already supports people living with dementia or would you like to know more about creating inclusive services and outdoor experiences?
Our team of experienced trainers deliver a range of dementia training and support, grounded in our ethos of thinking differently about dementia by ensuring people living with dementia access the health and wellbeing benefits of connecting with nature and the outdoors.
We believe people living with dementia and their families are experts by experience, so we directly involve them by embedding their lived experiences into all of our training.
We don’t believe ‘one size fits all’ in training, so we tailor all our training to your organisational need. A pre-training assessment enables us to develop a package of training and support unique to you and will help you best meet your objectives.
Whether you’re looking to upskill those who already support people living with dementia, create inclusive and accessible services across your organisation or set up a nature-based programme specifically for people living with dementia in your local community, we are here to help make that happen.
We have worked with thousands of individuals from care homes, local authorities and housing associations to wildlife trusts and travel companies. We have supported small charities to set up regular nature activities, worked with large care homes to increase the confidence of their care staff, and provided bespoke support to client-facing teams in large corporate organisations.
By looking at key themes such as how to think differently about dementia, considering time in nature, positive risk taking and mood and motivation we can give your organisation the skills and confidence it needs to enable more people living with dementia and their wider support network to live better lives.
We want to reach and benefit as many people as possible, so we only deliver training on a not-for-profit basis, charging the amount it costs us to deliver our training. On this basis, you might include Dementia Adventure training in your funding applications.
“Everything was well explained, succinct, interesting and easy to understand”.
“The highlights were the passion from the staff and the real life example.”
“They made it very real and powerful.”
Dementia Skills Taster Sessions
Our programme of free, online, Dementia Skills Sessions, are for staff and volunteers who support people with dementia as part of their work.
These taster sessions are a great introduction to the training we can offer your organisation, looking at subjects such as ‘thinking differently about dementia’, ‘time in nature’, ‘mood and motivation’ and ‘positive risk-taking’.
Managing Risk & Reaping Rewards
Managing Risk Training supports your reasoning, planning, implementing and sustaining of activities and adventures for people living with dementia.
This session will inspire you to incorporate calculated risk when planning for future outdoor experiences while understanding the benefits that can be achieved.
Sensory Walks & Outdoor Experiences
If you wish to facilitate outdoor experiences, events or walks for people with dementia, we can support you. From finding out what matters most to people living with dementia and linking with partners, to equipping staff volunteers, to launching events, we can support you at every point in the process.
Free Taster Sessions and Phone Consultation
To get a feel for the training we can offer, we invite you or 2 or 3 members of your organisation to join one of our free online Dementia Skills taster sessions – Thinking Differently About Dementia. Alternatively, why not get in touch to book your free 30 minute telephone consultation.
To learn more about our Dementia Training & Consultancy, please call 01245 237548 or contact one of our team.
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.
Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust now deliver fortnightly nature experiences for people living with dementia and their supporters in an area where there had been no such opportunity. 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 Feelna 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.
Feelna 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”.
Tailored Staff Training
We worked with Methodist Homes Association to develop a tailored programme of online training to enable their staff to support people living with dementia and their friends and families.
Methodist Homes Association (MHA) is a charity with over 75 years’ experience of delivering care and support for older people across the UK. They currently support over 18,500 people across their care homes and retirement communities, many of whom are living with dementia.
As well as delivering multiple ‘Thinking Differently About Dementia’ and ‘Time in Nature’ training sessions, we also developed an activity booklet with practical suggestions of how to connect and communicate with individuals with dementia and how to encourage engagement with nature through multi-sensory activities.
Rachel Powell, Manager of the MHA Community in Shifnal, Shropshire attended the training, and also had access to a further session where she could ask specific questions, in particular, how to overcome challenges presented by Covid-19 and social distancing.
“All of the training has been brilliant! I feel so empowered. I can now help family members who come to me, who need help supporting their Dad or their Mum with dementia. I have practical tools that I can now give away to others to help make their home life just that bit easier.”