‘Thinking Differently About Dementia’ at Batsford Arboretum

'Thinking Differently About Dementia' at Batsford Arboretum


In March Dementia Adventure was thrilled to run its first open training event 'Thinking Differently about Dementia' at the stunning Batsford Arboretum, in Gloucestershire. It was an inspiring, inclusive and informative training event designed for people living with dementia, family carers, social and health care professionals, care home staff, green space organisations and many more. The objective of the event was to enable and empower delegates with the knowledge, skills and confidence to support people living with dementia to get outdoors, connect with nature, themselves and their community, and retain a sense of adventure in their lives.


Specifically the event looked at:

  • Understanding some of the sensory and perception changes in dementia.
  • How to enable people living with dementia to keep active and access outdoor opportunities.
  • Understand the health and well-being benefits of outdoor interaction.
  • Engage the senses in practical activities.
  • Positive risk taking.
  • Dementia-inclusive walks.
  • Dementia Adventure experiences.
  • Action planning for the future.


To support the sharing and learning experience Dementia Adventure created small round- table groups including a family carer, a person living with dementia and representatives from other organisations. Everybody was incredibly respectful of each other's perspectives which allowed for some really powerful, enlightening moments throughout. The day created the opportunity for some dynamic conversation about what resources are needed locally and solutions to problems which need to be resolved. The discussions resulted in a steering group being formed, with a follow-up meeting and walk scheduled for May 20th.  The day also included a pleasurable and informative sensory walk around the beautiful arboretum.


The feedback from the event has been outstanding and very encouraging, especially as the organisation has a further event planned at Ryton Gardens, Coventry on 18th May.


One Young Dementia Carer and member said:


"We had a great day at Batsford Arboretum, The landscape is glorious there and we were able to walk with the group through such a wonderful variety of trees and beautifully planted pathways, we were encouraged to engage the senses, I found the experience uplifting and informative. It was great to meet new people who are living with dementia with their family members who were interested in outdoor activities and the benefits to well-being. The presentations from Dementia Adventure were inspiring, with good sound advice and information on how to use the landscape with care, forward planning, thinking differently about dementia (with a focus on activity, wild life and nature appreciation) and using the outdoor spaces as an opportunity for therapeutic activity. I hope to use the inspiration gained from this day very soon."


Batsford Arboretum has made a generous commitment to enable free admission to our proposed dementia inclusive walking group at the arboretum in the future. If you also missed out on the Batsford event, but would still like to be involved please contact Rachel on 07720 538851 or by email at rachel@dementiaadventure.co.uk


Dementia Adventure's next open training event takes place at Ryton Gardens, Coventry on 18th May. Full information and booking details can be found in our events section: /events/thinking-differently-about-dementia-at-ryton-organic-gardens,-18th-may-2016/