Dementia Inclusive Gardening
Being here is... soul-nourishing (DIG Participant)
Whether or not we are living with dementia, more and more research is confirming the benefits of connecting with nature, both in terms of our physical and mental health.
Dementia Inclusive Gardening - or simply, DIG - is a collaboration between Story Chaplain and community allotment PLOT 22 in Hove. Once a month, whether and season permitting, people living with dementia alongside their carers and companions gather together with volunteers and session hosts to be outdoors, connect with the seasons, and enjoy quality time together. To get a sense of what our time together is like, do have a read of Absolutely Cour-geous.
‘The quality of experience that you have created is very special… everyone brings themselves to the experience and the impact of this reverberates through every interaction be it carer, volunteer, friend, daughter, father, grandson, leaders and hosts of sessions. The experience is heartwarming, enlightening and nutritious in all senses along with uplifting the spirits of all involved, truly magical. Everyone feels the ripples of green healing.’ (Visitor to a DIG session)
Beyond the sessions themselves and the positive impact they have on all participants - from DIG regulars, to one-off guests - our hope for is that this collaboration will inspire and encourage others to think about how they might begin to develop their own DIG projects. We were delighted that DIG was a finalist in the Social Prescribing Awards for Best Nature Project 2019.
If you’d like to find out more about DIG please do get in touch. Dementia Inclusive Gardening is always in season.
COVID-19 update: We’ve adapted our project and although we aren’t able to run groups at the moment are continuing to host supported 'social bubble' visits to the garden. If you'd like to find out more, do get in touch.