Accessible activities for those with Dementia - Dementia Awareness Week

As part of Dementia Awareness Week, Forest of Dean District Council is highlighting initiatives run by its partners Forest of Dean District Dementia Action Alliance.

Feedback from a recent survey of people with dementia and their carers showed a desire for accessible activities out of the home which involve nature. This was because a great many people who previously enjoyed gardening, walking and the great outdoors are now unable to continue these hobbies independently.

In response to this, Tim Shelley from Haygrove Community Gardens and Chris Comer who already successfully runs the Newent Community Garden, teamed up to create the Newent Table Top and Accessible Gardening Club. The club is supported by Gloucestershire Libraries, Haygrove Community Gardens, Forget Me Not, The Newent Veg Out Zone, Forest of Dean District Council and Forest of Dean District Dementia Action Alliance.

The club is free to attend and runs at Newent Library on the second Monday of each month, with the next being on the 10 of June from 1pm to 3pm.

In addition to this, fellow partner Orchard Trust run free walks from their site at Upper Stowfield in Lower Lydbrook. These are guided, accessible walks which take people through the Orchard Trust grounds along wide tracks which are wheelchair safe and have plenty of passing places. Walkers are encouraged to enjoy the animals, sensory garden and surroundings. Light refreshments are supplied. The walks take place on the last Thursday of every month at 10:30am. The next event is on 30 May.

Do you know of any local, accessible activities?