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Hampshire County Council Countryside Service

Hampshire County Council Countryside Service look after over 60 countryside areas within Hampshire including 5 County Parks. We strive to connect people with the countryside by providing good quality open spaces for people and wildlife to enjoy.

16 November 2016
Local Authorities, Recreation
Local Alliances:
Hampshire 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?

Going outside makes everyone feel much better, relieves stresses of everyday living and is a valuable source of vitamin D. Being outside allows people to exercise and benefit from sunshine and daylight. Walking outside reduces stress levels and increase people’s self esteem, allowing for activity and sociability as well as contact with nature. 



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

The challenges that the countryside service have are mainly peoples perception of the countryside being a dangerous place for people living with Dementia. By working towards being dementia friendly we are showing that this is not the case and the countryside can be enjoyed by everyone. Implementing small changes to the way we work, the environment we are in and the processes we use will enable us to become more dementia friendly.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Awareness raising for workforce

    We will make our workforce, especially those who come into contact with our customers, dementia aware e.g. free Dementia Friends sessions, in-house training etc. (to include café staff)

    Being implemented
  • Dementia Friendly Helper always on hand

    To ensure we can always help when help is needed, both now and in the future, we commit to having at least 1 ‘Dementia Friendly’ person available at all times by including Dementia Awareness in our induction/training process

    Achieve by ensuring all staff have had access to a dementia friends awareness sessions and making it part of the induction process for all new staff that join the service.


    Being implemented
  • Environment Awareness and improvement

    Review of how the environments at our sites may impact people with dementia creating barriers to their enjoyment of the parks. Creation of solutions to environmental issues, implemented where possible during transformation process and added for consideration in future planning where not currently feasible. Staff awareness of ways to support people where changes can’t be made included in staff training

    Achieve by: liaising with local groups to do mystery shopping at the parks and relay and discuss feedback with managers and transformation team in order to add solutions into planning process.

  • Programme of events

    Provide a programme of events across the parks aimed at people living with dementia. Work with dementia adventure and other groups that have undertaken this kind of event.

    Achieve by: liaising with local groups, ensuring staff are adequately trained, planning and preparing a series of walks with input from staff and education team.

  • Spread it wide!

    Take the learning from the country parks and implement where possible in our wider countryside sites.

    Achieve by: looking at how and what has been accomplished at the parks and taking elements that will apply to the wider countryside portfolio

  • Linking in with local Dementia Action Groups (DAGs)

    Create a dialogue with the local DAGs, linking with them can help to link in with local people with dementia to get feedback on how to help them access the parks, but also they may be able to support/create events within the parks.