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Walled Garden, Bedfords Park

Bedfords Park Walled Garden is a community-focused food growing space on the edge of London. It sits within a nature reserve and an historical setting. The aim of the garden is to teach people about food, growing their own, giving valuable life skills to some and ‘skills for working’ to others. There are gardening clubs for the new and the experienced as well as many events, workshops and activities to enjoy whether you’re a gardener or not.

Updated:
31 October 2014
Location:
London
Local Alliances:
Havering Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

As a local community based organisation we aim to provide a venue that people with dementia and their carers can visit. During the development stage of the garden we aim to consult with local older peoples groups in order that we can provide a facility which is appropriate to their needs as far as is practical and possible.

We aim to support people to volunteer in the garden as far as is practical and possible and will train our staff and volunteers in Dementia Awareness.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Access to the garden needs to be improved. (as of 26th Sept we've received a grant from Veolia to improve accessibility to the garden)

 

 

2. Actions

  • Raise awareness of staff and volunteers

    Work to ensure that staff and volunteers are aware of the symptoms of dementia and, as a result, are better equipped to provide the support and patience that people with memory loss need to complete everyday tasks. Incorporate dementia awareness into staff and volunteer induction and other relevant training programs.

    Host a Dementia Friends Session for Staff and Volunteers.

    Status:
    Planning

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Supporting people with dementia to maintain skills

    Supporting people with dementia to maintain skills. Facilitate projects and activities which can be accessed by people with dementia and their carers. Build relationships to ensure understanding of needs of the person with dementia and that the carer can provide adequate supervision, and feels supported, ensuring safety can be maintained whilst recognising rights of people to take reasonable risks, as we all do.

    That everyone feels an equal part of the garden community

    Some individuals will possibly learn skills and change their behaviours through exposure to people with dementia, maybe for the first time.

    Status:
    Planning

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Consultation with local older peoples groups.

    During the development stage of the garden we aim to consult with local older peoples groups in order that we can provide a facility which is appropriate to their needs as far as is practical and possible.

     

     

    Status:
    Planning

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    New member