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Thames Chase Trust

The Forest Centre is at the heart of the Community Forest in a group of historic farm buildings with a stunning wooden framed visitor centre. Surrounded by a Landscape of woods, meadows, ponds and paths that have been created from disused farmland, there is scope for recreation, discovery and study. The surrounding estate offers all-weather paths for walking for all abilities, cycling and riding. A variety of bikes, including adapted bikes can be hired at the Forest Centre. Many events throughout the year, including monthly Cream Teas, Sunday Markets and Guided Walks.

23 January 2019
Arts, Charity, Community organisations, Education Sector, Recreation, Retail, Voluntary, Voluntary Sector
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?

We will work with partners to clarify and fully develop the health benefits which result from the Forest and participation in Thames Chase and other community groups.

We have adapated bikes for all abilities, which can be ridden on our accessable paths which are well maintainted.

We are developing a quiet space where people can go if required which can als be used as a changing area.

We promote the health and wellbeing of the people in the local area by encouranging everyone to get outdoors, whether it be through a organised activity such as a guided walk or an outdoor yoga session or for enjoying nature.

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

We rely on our vast group of volunteers who help to run the centre.

Links to public transport are limited.  Upminster is our local station with links from London etc.  The nearest bus stop is a 20 minute walk from the centre.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Friends Awareness Training

    To get as many staff and volunteers together to recieve dementia awarness training.

  • To create service and activities for people with dementia

    Activites such as:

    Cream Teas with live musicYogaGuided WalksCycling

    Being implemented
  • To create a quiet area

    To create a quiet area where people can go and feel safe when they are anxious or confused.

    Being implemented