The Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) team, hosted by Dorset County Council, is celebrating a £320K award from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund for a project that helps people with dementia to improve their health and wellbeing through nature.
Stepping into Nature is currently a pilot, but thanks to the award, the project will now be extended for a further three years in Bridport, Beaminster, Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Weymouth, Dorchester and Swanage.
The project is run by the Dorset AONB team alongside partners including the Alzheimer’s Society, Dorset Forest School and the county council’s Partnership for Older People Programme (POPP).
It offers a range of outdoor activities for people with dementia and their carers, enabling them to be creative and socialise while engaging with Dorset’s beautiful natural landscape. Regular activities include the Greenwood Club in ancient woodland at Netherbury near Bridport, where a small group gets together once a month to learn and rediscover traditional woodworking skills. Find out more