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Growing Support

Growing Support is turning under used care home gardens into thriving growing spaces and lively hubs of community activity. We work with people with dementia, living in residential care to enable them to work in the garden and stay physically and socially active.

21 January 2019
South West
Care, Community organisations, Social Care, Voluntary, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Bristol 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?

Growing Support enables people with dementia to stay physically and socially active. We run sociable and therapeutic gardening groups enabling people with dementia to grow their own food and maintain the garden, enjoy sensory stimulation and stay connected with their local community. Evidence shows that activities of this kind improve health and wellbeing.

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

1. Funding. 2. Our gardening groups rely on the support of local volunteers. It is a constant challenge to find and retain sufficient volunteers.

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2. Actions

  • Awareness Raising

    Train Growing Support community volunteers on the challenges faced by people with dementia

  • Inclusion

    Enable people with dementia to participate in community gardening activities.