Dementia Friendly Walks around Kendal countryside

by Dignity in Dementia in Kendal, England, United Kingdom

£660

raised of £3,000 target
15
supporters
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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by September 3rd 2019 at 12:00pm

Weʼre raising money to run weekly dementia friendly walks in the countryside around Kendal, Cumbria, UK

by Dignity in Dementia in Kendal, England, United Kingdom

Just because someone receives a dementia diagnosis, doesn't mean that they have to stop doing things that have always been important to them - but that's often what happens. People can quickly lose confidence and withdraw from tasks and activities they've previously enjoyed. Ultimately this can lead to them becoming deskilled much quicker than would otherwise happen. Dignity in Dementia, an award winning not-for-profit Community Interest Company runs a range of Dementia Embracing Community Groups that help people with dementia to continue to feel as positive and normal as possible. These include Dementia embracing singing, reading and dancing groups and in October we start our first Relaxed Dementia Embracing Community Orchestra - 'A Different Tune.' What's special about these groups is that they aren't just dementia specific. They are open to all members of the local community with a shared interest and are equally valuable to those without dementia. We are currently raising funds to set up and run weekly walks, suitable for people with dementia and others, in the countryside around Kendal, Cumbria. They will focus on what participants can do, rather than what they can’t do, and will find the right balance of being inclusive and providing a challenge. The gently paced walks will be around an hour long and will be assessed carefully to ensure they are safe for all. During the walk, group members will have the opportunity to stop and take in their surroundings. All walks will finish at a cafe or pub so people can stay on and have refreshments together. The walks will be led by Feleena Taylor from Brother Wolf in conjunction with Dignity in Dementia. A team of volunteers will be recruited to support the walks. Brother Wolf is a new local organisation that designs and manages community projects that help people to stay connected to nature and enhances their health and wellbeing. Feleena has been leading similar walks around Arnside and Silverdale since April. These have been very successful and proved hugely popular with people with dementia and their carers. Also, with others without dementia who had lost confidence to go walking in the countryside. If you are able to support our new venture we would really appreciate it. You can find out more about Dignity in Dementia and the work we do at www.dignityindementia.org. You can follow Feleena and see photos from walks she has led at https://www.facebook.com/bemorewolf19, on Instagram at ourbrotherwolfand and on Twitter at Brother Wolf@brotherwolf2018.

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