Wildlife gardening workshops for people living with dementia
Starting Spring 2021 we have new sessions starting with our Wild Memories group.
This provides opportunities for people living with dementia to get active outdoors. This has proven health benefits, including specific positive impacts on the symptoms of dementia.
The sessions are a mixture of nature conservation, practical gardening tasks, and arts & crafts.
Looking for a long term volunteer to support the group, on Monday afternoons at the Walled Garden at Mells.
And potentially another volunteer for Tuesday / Wednesday afternoon sessions in Frome.
Would also welcome one off volunteers with specific skills who would like to deliver one off activity sessions.
You would gain experience in delivering sessions, in supporting people, in community engagement, and nature conservation.
The project focus is on engaging with people with dementia living at home, with mild to moderate dementia or memory loss symptoms. We also encourage anyone supporting these individuals to attend our sessions, to enable people with dementia to attend our activity sessions safely, and with an additional aim to support the wellbeing of informal care givers.
As lockdown eases and group sessions are once again possible, we are looking at restarting our outdoor sessions. We have guidelines and strict safety procedures in place to keep our staff, volunteers and participants safe.
Re-establishing the confidence of individuals in returning to outdoor group activities is a challenge during this time, but it is also highly important. The support of a willing volunteer activity assistant would be fantastic.