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Future Roots Countrymen's Club

We are based on a farm in the Dorset countryside and our organisation covers Sturminster Newton, Gillingham, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Dorchester and surrounding villages. We run programmes for those aged 50+, known as The Countrymen’s Club and also a separate club for their carers. Activities are tailored to the preferences of the group & needs, which can be very broad ranging and include working with animals and spending time touring the farm and discussing changes, through to picking fruit or vegetables and then cooking a meal to be shared. Other activities include art therapy, traditional songs and poems, general woodwork or small building projects. Building projects are driven by the needs of each site so usually relate to agriculture or horticulture. Workshops are available on both sites. Many sessions include an element of reminiscence through involvement in current issues.

7 March 2017
South West
Local Alliances:
Sherborne & 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?

We have found there are few services for active men with dementia.  We will also provide a carers' group.

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

We will talk to the women of the Countrymen's Club and referrers.  We will evaluate the service for men.

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2. Actions

  • Service

    We will provide a service for men with dementia within a farming environment.

  • Environment

    Make the environment dementia friendly

  • Training

    Train the team about dementia.