For people living with dementia and their carers.
We want to champion the contribution people living with dementia make to our community by providing supportive opportunities to garden at PLOT 22 together and share seasonal activities and food. We also aim to support the well-being of family carers and befrienders by enabling them to experience the therapeutic benefit of our allotment garden too.
UPDATE September 2017:
Our first season of monthly sessions has now come to an end and as you can see from the photos we've had a lot of fun! We'll be continuing to offer flexible opportunities at PLOT 22 over the coming autumn and winter months. 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 NEW DATES are also on the flier below.
How it started:
This project was initiated by the suggestions, encouragement and support of PLOT 22 volunteers Ronnie and Charlotte who have an interest and professional experience of working with people living with dementia. We started by inviting local people living with dementia and their carers or befrienders to attend some taster sessions. These were a great success and over the winter we applied for funding to continue on a regular basis. In August 2016 Charlotte also hosted a Dementia Friends training session for PLOT 22 volunteers, raising awareness of the everyday challenges faced by people living with dementia and offering simple guidance on how we can all be more dementia friendly.
“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.