Dementia Woodland Wellbeing Sessions from the Forest of Avon Trust

By Forest of Avon Trust | August 09 2019

Dementia Woodland Wellbeing Sessions from the Forest of Avon Trust

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    Woodland Wellbeing provides a space for people with dementia and their carers to spend quality  time together in the relaxing environment of a local woodland. Our groups meets every other week for short walks, foraging, natural crafts etc.

    We have really enjoyed running 2 alternating weekly groups as part of our Woodland Wellbeing Dementia project with Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service  at Kings Weston & Conham River Park.

    Our Woodland Wellbeing programme draws upon 10 years of practice and applies the principles of Forest School and the NHS’ Five Ways to Wellbeing’ to deliver woodland based activity programmes for groups in need. Each activity is tailored to reflect the needs and aspirations of those involved.

    During the Whitsun holiday, we ran a Friends & Family session for both groups at Willsbridge Mill, with pond dipping, woodland games and mini pancakes on the fire.

    We recently delivered a North Somerset Dementia Woodland Wellbeing pilot project in Weston Woods, which we hope to continue if further funding can be secured.

    For more information about our Woodland Wellbeing work, please follow this link: https://forestofavontrust.org/projects-detail/woodland-wellbeing

    Watch our new film! Forest of Avon Trust Patron, Mike Dilger came out to the woods to see the charity’s Woodland Wellbeing work in action on our 10th Anniversary: 

     

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Forest of Avon Trust

Bristol based Trees & Woodlands Charity. The Forest of Avon Trust are involved in: • Running activities so that the health & well-being benefits of woodland can be enjoyed by all (including those with dementia, mental health issues & learning disabilities). • Providing free orchards for schools . • Supporting volunteering, helping people shape where they live & acquire new skills. • Advising landowners on woodland management getting at least 50% of woods cared for & contributing to their business by 2020. • Campaigning for woodland creation as part of the Forest of Avon & supporting owners to plant new woodlands. • Planting trees & caring for local woodlands through tree dedications & legacies. • Selling discounted English-grown fruit trees & bushes for gardens & allotments to support local growing. • Working with business to deliver a range of local Corporate Social Responsibility projects. • Get more people learning & working outdoors by training Forest School Leaders, education & care professionals;