We recently road tested our new activity countryside poetry dice. It is designed to engage groups in creative writing and poetry based on their experiences and emotions connected with nature and the outdoors. The activity aims to make poetry accessible and fun, helping participants express their thoughts, feelings and memories without feeling the pressure of creating poetry from scratch. Continue reading
This short 1 minute film is about Weaving Tales; an activity that we used recently at a workshop to demonstrate how simple activities like this can engage people living with dementia.
Weaving Tales stimulates our memories of being in outdoor environments which in turn sparks conversation. This leads to a greater understanding between people. It’s not about what you create with someone; it’s about the “journey” you share together whilst you’re doing it.
How it worked…… Continue reading
There is a wealth of research and evidence out there to demonstrate that forging a connection with nature promotes well being, both physical and mental. Children can learn more effectively when interacting with nature, people living with dementia can tap into memories through engaging the senses with nature, and who doesn’t feel calmer and happier after getting 5 minutes of fresh air.
With this in mind we have come up with 5 quick ways Continue reading
A family photo, special date or picture from a special holiday can all evoke strong emotions and lead to powerful reminiscing. For some this can become even more important if your own memory is starting to fade or you find yourself spending time away from those closest to you. Continue reading
Did you know that animals have been involved in therapeutic caring roles since the 1700s? More recently, having dogs visit people in nursing homes has been shown to decrease levels of agitation and increase social behavior. Indeed, a review of the small number of research studies Continue reading
We wanted to share with you a fantastic project called Casserole Club currently operating in the South East but looking to expand.
The premise is simple, people sign up to make an extra portion of food when they are cooking and deliver it an older neighbour living close by who could really benefit from a hot cooked meal. At its heart Continue reading
These birds feeders are based on a design for a hanging mobile using items from nature as decoration. You won’t have to walk far to find plenty of colour, texture and shapes to hang from your feeder and what better excuse to go outside, Continue reading