Dementia Adventure Partners with Care Farming UK
Dementia Adventure has recently completed a successful, pilot training project with Care Farming UK. Care Farming is the therapeutic use of farming practices to provide health, social or educational care services to a range of individuals such as people living with dementia, children with learning difficulties and people with depression. Care Farming UK is a care farmer-led charity, which works to promote care farming and to support care farmers.
Dementia Adventure and Care Farming UK worked together to design and deliver a training pilot project supported by Natural England. This project built on previous research work led by Dementia Adventure and involved a series of face-to-face and online training sessions designed to increase the level of engagement between care farms and people with dementia. This pilot was commissioned by Natural England, who along with National Nature Reserve staff, participated in the training sessions.
The training itself consisted of a blend of two of the organisation's most popular training packages - 'Thinking Differently About Dementia' and 'Risky Business'. Its experienced trainers delivered face-to-face training in multi-locations around the UK and facilitated online training through a series of pre-recorded seminars, digital training packs and being available for question and answer sessions.
The training considered a variety of subjects such as:
- What is dementia and what it means to the individual.
- How can people live well with dementia?
- How can dementia affect communication and interaction?
- How to effectively interact and communicate with people living with dementia.
- Changes in perception and senses.
- Adapting our environment to suit people living with dementia.
- Creating opportunities for various physical and outdoor activities.
- Positive risk-taking.
The pilot was hugely successful with 100% of delegates saying that they would recommend the training, it was relevant and it met their needs. They also felt they had a greater understanding of how they could communicate with and offer personalised support to people living with dementia and learned some useful ways to help assist people living with dementia stay connected to people and to nature. 82% of the delegates said they were likely to change their practice because of this training.
A highlight of the training for most delegates was hearing from people living with dementia themselves, such as Agnes Houston, a dementia activist and friend of Dementia Adventure. Agnes has produced a video about sensory challenges with others living with dementia, which enables them to share what it is like to live with dementia and how she and others have overcome and adapted their lives. It was inspirational and empowering.
Feedback from the training included:
- 'Very inspiring',
- 'A huge amount of information that was so useful to me as this is all new to me',
- 'Useful to network with other delegates and share views'
- 'Thought-provoking and inspiring with a 'can do' approach'
For more information about this project or other Dementia Adventure training please call Simon Thorp on 01245 237548 or visit www.dementiaadventure.co.uk/training-and-support