Why this project?
Dementia touches us all, through our family and friends. Green Pathways for Life will make a real difference to the lives of people living with dementia. There is a vast amount of research which shows that being outdoors can transform the lives of people with dementia, and yet so many people don't have that opportunity. We want to change this and make it normal for Care Homes, memory cafes and other support groups to do practical activities outdoors every day. We will begin in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the urban area of Glasgow.
Who am I?
Being outdoors has had massive benefits for me in my life and career. I began by working at a field centre where we ran environmental education activities for children and adults from all backgrounds. In the snow, in the rain, in beautiful sunshine - there is always something to be gained, whatever the conditions.
I now work for Froglife which is the national charity for amphibians and reptiles. One of Froglife’s defining features is our commitment to involving people in every aspect of our work. Our goal is to make nature accessible to everyone, and our activities are designed to encourage and enable as many people as possible to play an active role in conserving their local environments. This makes a difference for wildlife and has an enormous impact on our mental and physical wellbeing.
Froglife has a great track record of transforming the lives of disadvantaged groups through activities in green spaces. We have worked with young offenders, people with mental health issues and vulnerable and disadvantaged young people. We would love to have the funds to use this experience to develop support for people with dementia.
What are our aims & objectives?
• To provide practical wildlife-oriented activities to people living with dementia in Glasgow, to increase their confidence, transferable conservation skills and emotional, social and physical wellbeing.
• To deliver at least 60 sessions each year, with an average of 8 people per session
• To improve at least 3 sites for wildlife each year
• To work with at least 4 different support groups or newly created groups each year
• To evaluate the project and share learning within Froglife and beyond
Where are we so far?
We have recently started with a few dementia groups and have had such a positive response. Here's what the people thought:
“Thank you so much. I’ve never seen my residents do that EVER. Your encouragement is what’s getting them to do this and take part.” David Byres (Activities coordinator).
“This was lovely, I’m so glad you came today.” Jessie, participant with dementia
“I’ve not seen him [Alec] as alert all morning in a long time” Wife of participant with dementia
What rewards are we offering?
We would really appreciate donations towards our project. We are offering these rewards for donations:
Lionel the Toad
Perfect Pond book
Thank you. Your support is much appreciated