We currently offer socially distanced visits at home for those living with dementia. The friendly, outdoor visits are adapted to suit the individual’s situation and where possible we will do some gentle gardening together.
Participants and carers can contact us directly to book, or be referred through professionals such as the Memory Assessment Service and Ageing Well Brighton & Hove. The sessions are suitable for those with mild to moderate dementia, or other memory issues, and a supportive family member or friend is welcome to attend alongside if needed.
I noticed an improvement since the beginning – she is more outgoing with other people and now initiates conversations… She is really happy… It has really helped her with socialising.
Len, husband and carer
This project is funded by the NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group and part of Ageing Well Brighton & Hove. All sessions are delivered by Food Partnership staff alongside trained volunteers.
Dementia friendly gardening visits are a wonderful way to provide meaningful companionship to those who may be isolating. We find that visits help improve wellbeing, enabling those with outside space to get outdoors and take time to notice nature. There is lots of national evidence about the benefits of gardening for people with dementia.
For those interested in participating with no garden available we are able to bring plants and produce from our community garden at Preston Park as gifts and as a way to spark conversation.
If you or someone you know may benefit from our gardening and befriending project please get in touch via email on firstname.lastname@example.org so we can discuss your situation and requirements to ensure the best possible experience from our visits.