For people living with dementia, carers and companions.
We want to champion the contribution people living with dementia make to our community and provide supportive opportunities to garden and share food together. We also want their family carers and companions to experience the therapeutic benefit of our allotment garden too.
We've recently made a video to give you a taste of our sessions and will be launching it here on the 21st September 2018, #WorldAlzheimersDay ....
Dementia Inclusive Gardening (DIG) sessions are a collaboration between PLOT 22 and social enterprise Story Chaplain. Since 2016 we have been running monthly sessions - weather allowing - for people living with dementia alongside their carers and companions to have the chance to be outdoors, connect with the seasons, and enjoy time together.
Each two hour session follows the simple structure of welcome, followed by gardening tasks, then gathering once again for a seasonal snack harvested during the session, and a reflection and celebration of our time together. The garden tasks during each session are guided by the interests, strengths and pace of the participants. This could equally be weeding or tending tomatoes as making posies of herbs. Our main goal is to spend unhurried, quality time together.
Our hope for DIG beyond the positive impact on the participants themselves is that it will be an encouragement to anyone who is looking to take the next steps towards dementia inclusion. As you can see from the photos below we have a lot of fun at our monthly sessions! Please get in touch if you or someone you care for might be interested in joining us, we'd love to hear from you!
Contact details and dates for 2018 are on the flier below.
“I loved the way the session was set up. It was the perfect opportunity to chat and get to know new people, making friends and new memories." Debby
The theme provided by the garden for our March 2017 sessions was Daffodils and Rosemary!
Photos from all our sessions are over on our flickr site. Just click the squares below to take you there:
"Thanks for the lovely card the Plot 22 Team sent Mum - she was keen to tell me about it!" Beccy
“It was the nicest day that my Mum and I had. Mum loved your card and the photos on your newsletter. I think it’s absolutely brilliant. You have inspired my sister in Ireland to do something like it with the day centre there.” Mags
“We really enjoyed yesterday. On the way home Geoffrey mentioned that it was a most delightful morning. He also gave me an extra firm hug when I was saying goodbye which just shows how much he appreciated the morning out.” Susan
Thank you to our funders!
We're grateful to awards from the Sussex Community Foundation, the Allen Lane Foundation, One Stop Shop and Tesco. Their support makes these session possible. We'd also like to say a big thank you to Mags and the Grasshopper Tennis Club in Hove for donating the proceeds from their annual dinner dance raffle, and the Fun 'n Fancy Team who walked from Ditching Beacon to Devils Dyke dressed as fruit and vegetables to raise funds to help us ensure our allotment site is dementia inclusive.