Whether you have a personal interest in supporting someone with dementia, or you work or volunteer with a green space organisation, care farm, care home, community activity co-ordinator or similar, we are offering free online training to help you support people living with dementia and family members to access and engage with nature and the outdoors.
The training will equip you in your role whether you are planning to provide a nature and outdoors programme or are already doing this, and want to enhance that experience.
Research shows that connecting with nature or getting outdoors improves health and wellbeing and can slow unnecessary decline for people living with dementia. At this current time 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. We’re helping professionals and organisations to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to set up nature-based supported experiences, that not only improve the wellbeing of all involved, but are appropriate during this time of social distancing.
In each 1.5 hour session our qualified trainers cover:
- The health and wellbeing benefits of connecting with nature for people with dementia and family members.
- Explore why now, more than ever, connection to nature and the outdoors is essential.
- How to connect with nature in different settings.
- How to increase engagement and motivation.
- How to make your environment more inclusive
- Increasing your confidence to support nature connection and outdoor experiences
- Practical next steps for you and your organisation.
You will have the opportunity to ask individual questions while joining with other professionals in a similar situation.
To get the best from your Time in Nature session we recommend you book into one of our Dementia Skills Sessions first. These, free, online sessions are designed to help you to think differently about dementia looking at:
- What is dementia?
- What it means to the individual.
- How can people live well with dementia?
- How can dementia affect communication and interaction?
Time in Nature sessions are free, but booking is essential, book your session below.
If you would like us to deliver a tailored session specifically for the staff and volunteers in your organisation, please contact email@example.com
This support is only made possible through donations including the player’s of the People’s Postcode Lottery. If you would like to make a donation to enable us to support more people with dementia at this critical time please click here.
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.