Following the success of our 4 week pilot of a nature based Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) programme we have decided to run the full 14 week programme. This week we welcomed lots of lovely new faces to our first session. Each week has a different theme and this week it was games. We talked about different outdoor games and their various components and then set about making up our own game using a selection of props. Continue reading
This week we’re pleased to invite guest blogger TK to write about his time spent with our dementia friendly walking group. We always enjoy welcoming members of the community along to our walks as this project is about people with dementia and their carers making new social connections and in turn showing their community that there is more to dementia than a diagnosis. Continue reading
I recently stumbled upon a great article from the Children and Nature Network;
The author Kathy Ambrosini discusses the benefits of getting children of all abilities outside and interacting with nature and includes six steps to help you achieve this. Lots of practical advice and tips on getting outside and having a fab time, well worth a read.
“Once you gain some regularity in getting children out
in green environments you’ll start seeing the results in
their level of self-esteem, focus and participation in social settings.”
As spring dawns our dementia friendly walking group are going from strength to strength. We’ve found that walking isn’t just good exercise and fresh air but it has allowed new friendships to form and conversations to flow freely. Problems are shared, support is given and laughs are always heard. In fact the University of East Anglia has recently published a study on the benefits of group walking. Continue reading
This week we’d like to share a great video that highlights a project in Cornwall also working to reduce isolation and improve health and wellbeing.
The Living Well project aims to help people who are socially isolated and highly dependent on health and social care services to improve their quality of life. It starts with a conversation to understand the person’s story and what will make life better. Continue reading
Week 2 of our photography walks and we were very excited to welcome some new faces. It could have been the glorious winter sunshine, the shout out on Radio Cornwall or the fact that this week’s walk leader, Stephen wanted “to get everyone in St Dennis out for a walk!”. Continue reading