Dementia friendly food project

We offer cookery and garden activities for people living with dementia. The activities aim to increase confidence, physical activity and improve well-being.

Participants and carers can contact us directly to book, or be referred through professionals such as the Memory Assessment Service. 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 there she loves it… It has really helped her with socialising.

Len, husband and carer

This project is funded by the NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group. All sessions are delivered by Food Partnership staff alongside trained volunteers.

Watch the short video below to see the groups in action, or scroll down for upcoming dates and how to book.

‘Time to Cook’ cookery club

dementia time to cook clubCooking, 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 club, participants get involved in preparing a healthy meal, with different dishes each session. We then eat the food together as a shared tea.

When:  These activities run monthly on Thursday afternoons.

Where: The Community Kitchen, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG

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 didn’t do it much at home.

Michelle, carer, cookery group

Garden group

Our garden group is a wonderful activity to help improve wellbeing, get outdoors and take time to notice nature. The 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.

Typical activities include: transplanting seedlings; seed sowing and saving; harvesting and preparing fruit & veg (eg making pesto); making pine cone bird feeders; raking, weeding & watering; lavender harvesting and making lavender bags; and sharing homemade food at most sessions. No gardening experience or knowledge is required.

When: Weekly sessions, 2-4pm, for up to 8 weeks. Sessions run from Wednesday 6th May to 24th June 2020.

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 where participants 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.

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.

Patricia, participant, gardening

Book 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 Caroline Whiteman on 01273 234810.

Dementia Food Project Application Form (for cookery group or gardening)

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

We also welcome enquiries from potential volunteers who can help us to support these groups.

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