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Groundwork NEWY (North, East and West Yorkshire)

The dementia friendly gardening sessions, run at Fryston Country Trails, WF10 and another allotment in Wakefield Centre which will enable those with dementia and their carers/family/friends to get involved with practical but gentle physical activity of gardening in a safe and supportive environment. Initially run from April 2019 to October 2019, we will be running activities mostly outdoors (with indoor options available on rainy/cold days) such as bulb planting, pot decorating being mindful of the different textures, smells and feels of plants, watching our nest bird boxes through the camera.

15 April 2019
Yorkshire and Humber
Local Alliances:
Wakefield and Five Towns 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 offer participant-led session, to give people involved with the project the choice of activities they would like to be involved in, and the opportunity to suggest activities they are interested in for future weeks. All staff will treat all those involved in the project with respect and as individuals. We want to support people to continue with their day to day and family life, to be accepted as a valued member of society, and to tackle isolation and loneliness by feeling they are contributing possitively to the local community and to the development and maintenance of the allotment

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

Continuing our staff's research into ways that we can better support participants. This will be done by a mixture of online research as well as getting to know individuals and asking for their input into what works best for them, as well as contacting partners for advice.

2. Actions

  • Attend dementia friends training

    Ensure that project staff are aware of needs of those with dementia, barriers to be overcome and what simple steps can be taken to make life easier

  • Wayfinding

    Creating and using dementia friendly signage to navigate the site, identify flowers and veg. use big clear letters and font, add pictures, add contrasting background colours

    Being implemented
  • Promote research that we've found useful

    use social media to promote why we are doing things in a certain way, for example, signage; sense stimulation (touch, smell, feel, sight); reminiscence - stimulating memories (using flowers that would have been popular when most of the client group were younger); wayfinding (paths are circular to reduce confusion and decision making)