Sensory Walks and Outdoor Experiences
Would you or your organisation like to know more about creating inclusive outdoor experiences and sensory walks?
Research shows that connection to nature, and the outdoors, has significant well-being benefits for everyone, but especially for people living with dementia. It can improve sleep, concentration, appetite and communication skills. It can also help to slow the increase of symptoms and delay onset of the condition.
Our Sensory Walks & Outdoor Experiences training aims to build confidence and skills for staff and volunteers who support nature and outdoor experiences for people living with dementia and their caregivers.
- Practical steps to plan supported walks & outdoor experiences.
- Learning how to make outdoor experiences more sensory.
- Co-producing your project to meet the expectations of people joining you.
- Increasing engagement and involving other people.
- The health & well-being benefits of connecting with nature
- How to make your site more accessible for people living with dementia
- Risk and perspective – auditing, dynamic risk assessment & paperwork
- Online: 2 hour webinar, delivered via Zoom.
- In person: 3 hour session at a venue of your choice.
- An optional follow up ‘Challenges & Solutions’ meeting via Zoom.
We use a mixture of slide presentation, video clips (providing a perspective from people living with dementia), and facilitated Q & A time.
For face-to-face training, we also include practical exercises outdoors, access considerations at your venue, how to reach people in your community and next steps planning.
Thanks for a really enjoyable, useful session! Have now got lots of ideas and feel much more confident about contacting one or two local groups to start the ball rolling here.
Who Should Attend?
Any organisation, member of staff or volunteer who:
- Already supports people living with dementia.
- Would like to know more about creating inclusive services or outdoor experiences for people with dementia.
This may include people from:
– Gardens, Parks or Farms – Nature Reserves
– Tourist attractions – Sports Clubs
– Care homes – Day Centres
– Community groups or clubs – Local authorities
– Community housing – Faith groups
As part of the training, we will provide you with resources to support your learning. We will supply the resources digitally. You can expect:
- An information pack
- Walk planner
- Templates as referred to in the training
- CPD certificate
Walk Leader Training
Walk Leader Training Arnside
In 2019 we trained former family carer, Feleena Taylor, to lead weekly dementia-friendly walks in Kendal, Cumbria. Here Feelena shares the story behind the Bittern award winning “walks for all” programme and the difference it makes to those with dementia and their families.