New partnership brings organic horticultural therapy to dementia care

Garden Organic is excited to be working with Carers Trust Heart of England to a launch a Dementia Care Project at the charity’s national headquarters, Ryton Organic Gardens, near Coventry.

The Dementia Care project will give people with Dementia an opportunity to gain access to activities they may have previously enjoyed, or new social activities that will provide enjoyment and stimulation. This will include being involved in a range of gardening tasks with staff from the charity Garden Organic on hand to guide and encourage participants to enjoy gardening safely. The project will also provide much needed breaks for the informal family carer.

Colette Bond, Head of Education at Garden Organic said: “Through our existing horticultural therapy projects for children and adults with learning and behavioural difficulties, we know that organic gardening offers great benefits for human health and wellbeing. We are delighted to be working with Carers Trust Heart of England to share this with their clients.”

Following the overwhelming success of a taster day at Ryton Organic Gardens in July, the project will be launched in September to support people living with Dementia in Coventry and Warwickshire, and their carers. Penny Collard MBE, Chief Executive Officer at Carers Trust Heart of England said: “This is an exciting new project for those people with Dementia who are still relatively active but need support and guidance. We are optimistic that we will be able to support many people and their carers with this partnership project.”

The secure, tranquil and inspirational setting of Ryton Organic Gardens provides the perfect base for Garden Organic to run its horticultural therapy programmes, including the ‘Growth’ project for a small group of adults with learning difficulties, the ‘Growing Enterprise’ project working with young adults with behavioural difficulties, and their project running a series of fun days for local young carers. “Offering support for people with Dementia and their carers feels like a natural extension of the work we are currently carrying out very successfully at Ryton Organic Gardens.” continued Colette Bond, “We know that this project will have a very positive effect on the lives of those involved, and we can’t wait to get started.”

For more information on Garden Organic’s horticultural therapy projects please click here. For details on Carers Trust Heart of England please click here.

Friday, 4 September 2015