Growing Together projects in Westcliff, Shoeburyness and Thundersley delivering therapeutic gardening and positive activities for people with mental health problems, learning disabilities and other issues, including dementia. Vocational training, self-development courses and a range of positive groups such as music, art, drama, yoga and job club. Breakthrough provides support for carers of people with mental health issues, including dementia, through counselling, listening support and advice, support groups and relaxation classes. Alternative education for schools and positive youth activities including gardening activities, cooking, construction, crafts and drama.
- 30 November 2015
- East of England
- Local Alliances:
- Pan Essex Dementia Action Alliance , Southend, Castle Point and Rochford District 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?
Through therapeutic gardening with people with dementia, we will support them to live their lives to the optimum. Therapeutic gardening will help people living with dementia have a sense of belonging and be a valued member of society.
Our carers support will help carers of people with dementia sustain support and include those living with dementia as part of their family on an ongoing basis. Our research into the needs of carers will include those that care for people with dementia.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
- There is very little resource to do dementia specific work and Trust Links only has seed funding for this
- Very successful therapeutic horticulture with adults with dementia, but no access to resources to replicate this
Therapeutic gardening for people with dementia
Working with St Martin’s Care Home run by Darby and Joan, we will provide therapeutic gardening sessions for their clients with dementia and potentially other clients that wish to access the project.
We will share our expertise with the Activities Co-ordinator in the home to ensure there is better use of the dementia garden at the home.
We will help promote the Dementia Garden to other agencies and members of the public that have dementia or care for those with dementia.
We will work with Carers Choices to provide therapeutic gardening for people with dementia that access their day care through the Growing Together Thundersley project.
Support for carers of people with dementia
Carers Breakthrough will provide counselling, listening support, advice, relaxation sessions and support groups for the carers of people with dementia in Southend-on-Sea. This will help them better cope in their caring role.
Researching the needs of carers
Trust Links will undertake research into the needs of carers in Southend-on-Sea, including the needs of carers of people with dementia, including how they access services, what the barriers to accessing services are and how agencies can better support them in their caring role.