Dementia Adventure continues Chelmsford initiative to help people living with dementia and their carers get out into nature
Dementia Adventure is delighted to be hosting their sixth year of 'Walk and Talk Together' Park Walks in Chelmsford at Hylands Park, thanks to funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery and local support from CHP Foundations.
People living with dementia and their carers both benefit from being able to get out in the open air and sunshine, with the sights, sounds and smells being mutually relaxing and stimulating. People often report having improved speech, better conversations and enhanced mood after the walks, as well as the ability to sleep better and an increased appetite.
The walks are free to attend and individuals should come with a carer or someone who knows them well. They are suitable for people of all abilities and take place on wheelchair-friendly paths so all are welcome. We encourage family members, grandchildren and even dogs to come along too. The walks are also ideal for local care home groups looking to join a supportive community activity. We spend about an hour out walking, talking, chatting, reminiscing and appreciating nature and those participating often stay for tea and cake or lunch after the walk is completed.
The Walks start on Friday 22nd May and run through to 31st July. Once the V Festival and summer holidays are over, they will re-commence on 4th September. The group always meets at 10.30am in the Stable Yard at Hylands Park. To book your place in advance, please call 01245 237548 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neil Mapes of Dementia Adventure said: "This is a fantastic initiative designed to give people living with dementia more choice in their lives and bring the benefits of nature, which is the original multi-sensory environment, to more people around the country. We would like to thank players of People's Postcode Lottery for making the expansion of this park walks service possible, and locally CHP Foundations for supporting the Hylands Walks. Last year we helped over 800 people - across the UK - to get out and enjoy a walk in nature. We are hoping to double this figure in 2015."
Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery said "We are delighted that players of People's Postcode Lottery are able to support Dementia Adventure. The activities they offer provide a real respite for those affected, and their carers. We were particularly impressed by their use of the natural environment as a means of care, which fits very closely with both the lottery's green and care mission."