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Dementia friendly food project

This project offers both cookery and gardening activities for people with dementia and their carers, and aims to increase confidence, physical activity and improve wellbeing. 

This project is funded by the NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group. All sessions are delivered by Food Partnership staff alongside trained volunteers. Participants and carers can contact us directly or be referred through professionals such as the Memory Assessment Service. The sessions are suitable for those with mild to moderate dementia and carers are welcome to attend as well.

Cookery groups

BestDemCookeryCooking, eating and spending time preparing a meal can be a wonderful activity to help bring back happy memories of the past or previous knowledge. At our cookery sessions, participants get involved in preparing a healthy meal, with different dishes each week. We then eat the food together as a shared lunch.

When: Thursdays, 11am-1:30pm (including lunch). The next group will run for eight weeks from 21st September - 9th November 2017.

Where: Oasis Christian Fellowship centre, Brighton, Hangleton Way, (corner of Northease Drive) Hove, BN3 8EQ

Read on to find out more, get details of how to book a space, or contact us with any questions.

Gardening groups

Pottingupdistance w300 h300Gardening is a wonderful activity to help improve wellbeing, get outdoors and take time to notice nature. Our weekly sessions provide a gentle, regular activity with a friendly group and a chance to build confidence. There is lots of national evidence about the benefits of gardening for people with dementia.

When: Weekly Tuesday sessions for up to 3 months. The next groups run from 18th July to 17th October - including a morning group 10:30am-12pm and an afternoon group 2:30-4pm.

Where: The Garden House, 5 Warleigh Road, Brighton, BN1 4NT (between London & Ditchling Road), accessed via a side gate. The Garden House is a beautiful walled garden which sits behind the houses on Warleigh Road, it has a heated room in which you can sit and enjoy a cup of tea. There is also a toilet and hand washing facilities. Please note the garden is a no-smoking zone.

Read on to find out more, get details of how to book a space, or contact us with any questions.

Who are the activities suitable for?

  • People with a mild (and in some cases moderate) dementia diagnosis
  • We can only accept applications for gardening from people who have a good level of mobility (are able to walk unaided) due to the uneven nature of the ground and trip hazards. Our cookery workshops are fully accessible.
  • Those who can attend regular weekly sessions. 
  • Activities are adaptable to suit a wide range of abilities, and some participants may not need a carer present. Others may require additional support from their carer, please speak to us to find out more.
  • We welcome people with a passion for gardening or cookery but participants do not need to have any previous experience to enjoy the activities.


What previous participants and carers have said:

  • "When I was diagnosed I didn’t know what to do, I’d been working hard for a long time, it’s really nice for me to come here and have something to do. It’s meant I have had something when I broke down. It’s nice to be with other people and cook." (participant, cookery)
  • "He does enjoy it and I’ve noticed he eats all his veg here when he doesn’t at home, so that’s done him good! I think he’s enjoying cooking himself, he doesn’t do it much at home." (carer, cookery)
  • "I noticed an improvement since the beginning – she is more outgoing with other people and now initiates conversations... She is really happy there she loves it... It has really helped her with socialising.” (carer, gardening)
  • I think it has been wonderful for me and we have made some good friends. Everyone has really gelled together and supported one another – we’ve had some great chats... Just being in the garden is wonderful." (participant, gardening)

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How much?

Totally free. You just need to provide your own transport to get to the venue.

Booking a space

Complete the application form below and send to . Or, if you’d like to find out a bit more before applying please contact Sarah Davenport on  or call 01273 431700. 

Feel free to contact us with any questions or to book a place over the phone if you prefer.

Application form

Application form for dementia friendly food project (Doc)

Please contact Sarah Davenport for more information or if you have any questions:  / 01273 431700.



Other activities in the Brighton and Hove area

We have put together a list of activities suitable for people with dementia (pdf) in the Brighton and Hove area. 

Publicity Material

Please feel free to download these materials and use them to promote the project: