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.

What?

Gentle half-hour strolls along easy terrain, from beautiful clifftop scenery to amazing castle tours.  All welcome, but especially suitable for people with dementia and their carers.

Durlston also runs a Swanage Memory Cafe with refreshments and optional activities provided. 

When?

Dementia Friendly Strolls ~ All 2:30pm.
Tues 9 Jan
Tues 27 Mar
Sat 28 Apr

Castle Tours. ~ All 2:30pm*
Tues 5 Dec
Tues 16 & 30 Jan
Tues 13 & 27 Feb
Tues 13 March
Tues 10 April
Wed 25 April* This session is at 10:30am

Where?

The activities are based at Durslton in Swanage. Please meet at the Learning Centre where somebody will be ready to greet you.

Sounds great! Next Step...

Call Durlston Rangers on 01929 424443 for more information about the strolls and tours and to book.

For more details on the Swanage Memory Cafe call the Alzheimers society on 01202 764352.

 

 

 

What?

The Greengage site was once a nursery and has a large greenhouse, planting beds and even a toilet block! Dorset Wildlife Trust would welcome you to join us in various activities such as planting fruit and vegetables (horticulture), cleaning vegetation and general maintenance.The Greengage nursery is still in it's infancy so there is something for all abilities. Refreshments and tools will be provided.

This activity is FREE as it is funded by Stepping into Nature through the Big Lottery Fund. 

When?

Running the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month. The session is 2 hours but you are welcome to join for as much or a little as you like.

Where?

The sessions are based at the Greengage Nursery in Swanage. Parking in Prospect Crescent. The Greengage Nursery is just past the green and before the allotments.

Sounds great! Next Step...

Call Katie Wilkinson at the Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01202 692 033 or email kwilkinson@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk for more information and to book.

What?

Enjoy the countryside? Love history? Come and explore both at the Dorset History Centre. We will be enjoying pictures, maps or recordings and learning something new about the natural world and local artists.

In a small group we will work with speech, painting, writing, photography and crafts. The group is open to anyone who would like to take part including carers; those with mild to moderate dementia; those with a mobility, sensory or learning difficulty or those who would just enjoy the company and stimulation. It’s all about relaxing, meeting new people and having fun.  This is an indoor activity, in a building with good access, so we won’t be affected by rain!

When?

First Monday of every month, 10am till 11:30am.

Where?

The sessions are based at the Dorset History Centre in the centre of Dorchester. The postcode is  DT11P. 

Sounds great! Next Step...

Call Maria on 01305 228947 or email on m.gayton@dorsetcc.gov.uk for more information or to book. 

What?

These gentle strolls look at the landscape using senses such as touch, sound and smells to enable those involved to discover the reserve.

When?

All the walks for 2017 have been delivered, please return here for new dates early 2018. 

For now, why not try the great Radipole Lakes Wellbeing Walks instead which are running throughout the winter!

Where?

The walks are based in Thornecombe Woods, just outside of Dorchester. Meet Claire at the Hardy's Birthplace Visitor Centre (DT2 8QH).

Sounds great! Next Step...

Call Claire on 01305 251228 for more information or to book. 

What?

The Greenwood Club, run by Dorset Forest Schools, aims to provide positive shared experiences/memories for those individuals living with dementia and their amazing carers or partners. The group learn green woodworking techniques, rural crafts and cooking outdoors in a relaxing woodland environment.

A typical session would include:
1.  Meeting new friends and sharing yummy cake
2. Collecting wood, lighting fire for snack time)
3. Activities- there is always a choice of activities to do either independently or with carer.
4. Reflection time around fire circle or on a walk (review what’s been achieved, how the project could develop).

All activities are designed to provide small achievable steps. This allows individuals to gain a sense of achievement, which leads to increased motivation, self confidence and independence.

Check out the Netherbury Green Wood Club Video HERE

Fireside Cooking c Mel Gale   DSC07495 min

When?

The Greenwood Club runs weekly in various locations across Dorset. 

Tuesdays: Thorncombe Woods ~ 10.30am to 12.30pm ~ Starting back up on the 6th of March
Wednesdays: Netherbury ~ 10.30am to 12.30pm ~ Starting up in March - exact date TBC
Fridays: Holton Lee ~ 10 am to 1pm

Where?

Thorncombe Woods is based on the outskirts of Dorchester. Park in Thorncombe Woods car park then walk to the Hardy's Birthplace Visitor Centre where Claire will be ready to meet you.
     Hardy's Birthplace Visitor Centre
     Thorncombe Road
     Higher Bockhampton
     Dorchester
     Dorset
     DT2 8QH

Howards Woods, Netherbury is based just outside of Bridport. Jill will be ready to meet you.
     Netherbury
     Bridport
     Dorset
     DT6 5LL
     United Kingdom

Holton Lee is based on the Western side of Poole. Meet Jill in the car park or by the small building to the right of the car park (near the woodland).  
     Livability Holton Lee
     Holton Lee
     East Holton
     Holton Heath
     Poole
     Dorset
     BH16 6JN

Sounds great! Next Step...

Call Jill on 07813814875  or email jill@dorsetforestschool.org for more information or to book.

 

 

 

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