Stepping into Nature Activities

Dorset and its collection of beautiful landscapes - each with unique histories, different ways of working and interesting stories to tell, offer a fantastic range of opportunities to visit natural spaces, whether it is the beach, heathlands, the coast or a local green space.

Studies show that engaging in these natural assets and living in harmony with them is an important part of securing good health and wellbeing for us all.

A project that makes a real difference.

Don't believe us? ~ Read these quotes from the inspiring people that attend our activities.

“It makes us feel human being with other people on the same journey, who know exactly how we feel.” 

"When people ask what difference does the Greenwood Club make for you, there is just so much I don't even know where to begin"

Fireside Cooking c Mel Gale

"It is amazing what can be achieved when the event is all inclusive."

“No one needs to be lonely or bored with life if they have some brain and mobility left particularly with help like yours about.” 



 More photos to come...







News Articles

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November 2017

Connect to Nature in your Local Community      

December 2016

Lottery win for Dorset project helping people with dementia through nature.

Project Timeline



Pilot Project Information

Bournemouth University Dementia Institute carried out a Focus Group study as part of the Stepping into Nature Pilot Project, see what people mentioned about opportunities and barriers to accessing the natural Environment around them.



What is it?

Part of the Stepping into Nature project is to implement a community pot’ small grants scheme with a max amount available per application of £2000 at a 70/30% match (in-kind or funding). This fund will be used to help people make connections to the natural environment in local communities. Enabling community groups to undertake projects, which help to conserve and enhance the natural beauty in their local area and encourage engagement with nature for older people, those living with dementia and their carers.

This competitive grants scheme will provide small grants for a range of eligible projects that contribute towards some of the Stepping into Nature objectives:

  1. Developing and delivering opportunities for people to become more physically and mentally active that increase peoples resilience by improving social and emotional wellbeing
  2. Improving the environment to increase accessibility creating “Dementia Friendly Countryside” green spaces
  3. Reducing feelings of isolation and loneliness through delivering inclusive nature based activities within communities.
  4. Increased confidence and life skills for older people, those with dementia, carers and providers.
  5. Increased motivation and independence for carers and people with dementia through increased provision and information to accessing the natural landscape.

Want to find out more?

For more information download our Grant Application Criteria.
To apply download out Application Form.
If you would like these as word documents please request them using the details below. 

To express an interest or for an informal chat about your project please contact the team on or call Julie Hammon on 01305 224785.




Have a go at all sorts of arts activities; throw- a - pot on a potter’s wheel; make music; walk and draw large scale paintings;  make stone carvings; sing to the sea; dance and other fun things to do.


These activities have already been successfully delivered this year. Please return for new dates in early 2018. 


Is it likely that the new 2018 sessions will be delivered in Weymouth and Dorchester. More details to come. 

Sounds great! Next Step...

Call Jo March at the Arts Development Company on 01305 228528 for more information. 




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