How gardening eases dementia

September 02 2014

SUPPORTING care home residents to get gardening and socialising is local enterprise, Growing Support.

SUPPORTING care home residents to get gardening and socialising is local enterprise, Growing Support.
Using social and therapeutic horticulture, Growing Support attempts to encourage older people to take part in gardening sessions in the care home’s own garden.
The group believes that gardening is particularly important for people with dementia.
Growing Support said: “Many people with dementia experience loneliness, depression or anxiety. An important part of the gardening sessions is to alleviate this by working as a group and having fun together, helping improve people’s health and quality of life.”
The organisation is seeking people to help volunteer with gardening sessions. Volunteers commit to at least two hours a week and help in several homes across Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Experience of supporting vulnerable people and horticulture is desirable but not essential, as training will be given.
For more information and an application form, email: info@growingsupport.org.uk or phone: 07581 281578.