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 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 stepin2nature@dorsetcc.gov.uk or call Julie Hammon on 01305 224785.

 

 

What?

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.

When?

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

Where?

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. 

 

 

 

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 2nd and 4th 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 morning of every month.

Where?

The sessions are based at the Dorset History Centre in the centre of Dorchester. The postcode is  DT11RP. 

Sounds great! Next Step...

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

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