Do you support a family member or friend who lives with dementia and loves getting outdoors into nature?

Dementia doesn’t have to mean less adventure.

Norfolk is implementing a new pilot project supporting unpaid carers who support people living with mild to moderate dementia to access outdoor green spaces and improve their wellbeing.

The person supported doesn’t need to have had a formal diagnosis yet for their friend or family member to be able to take part.

The project aims to identify the barriers to outdoor access through focus groups before developing and delivering a variety of potential solutions to these issues. This will include training opportunities, peer support and better technology.

The pilot project will be focused on specific locations around Norfolk.

We will offer:

  • Free training for unpaid carers, volunteers and outdoor leisure professionals.
  • Improvements to assistive technology.
  • Informal support opportunities to unpaid carers keen to better access outdoor green spaces with the person they support.
  • The chance to hear first about new dementia-friendly outdoor leisure activities and family events.

MONUMENT identifies an unpaid carer of someone living with dementia as an individual who may provide physical, emotional or personal support and respite to a family member or friend, who due to dementia could otherwise not cope.

This pilot is led locally by the Environment Service at Norfolk County Council, working closely with colleagues in Adult Social Services and our UK and European partners to ensure learning and opportunities from this project are embedded within our wider practices.

MONUMENT’s match funding totalling €472,545 is provided from the Interreg 2 Seas Programme 2014-2020, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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