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Dementia Adventure at Newbold

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Newbold are delighted to be part of new collaborative project between award winning charity Dementia Adventure, the Moray Council and a range of environmental and social organisations, to bring nature based activities to local people living with dementia.

For the last two years Newbold has hosted Dementia Adventure training courses, and I was fortunate enough to take part in the activity leaders training. We are hosting two residential retreats this year, in association with Quarriers and with support from the Shared Care Creative Breaks fund. Four couples and Quarriers trained volunteers will be joining us for a 3 night/4 day retreat. The aim is to give both the person living with dementia and their carer an opportunity to relax, enjoy someone else doing the cooking and cleaning, make themselves at home in Newbold’s comfortable surroundings and gardens, and take part in some specifically designed activities such as bird watching, visiting the Scottish Dolphin Centre or having an easy walk at the River Findhorn or Findhorn Bay.

2016 also sees the launch of an exciting new stage to this project with a number of local organisations, including Newbold being offered a Social Licence to run more Dementia Adventure accredited activities. The first of several training sessions for this starts on Tuesday February 9th and our kitchen manager, ornamental gardener and in house yoga teacher Ceri Oakley will be attending the training this time so she can also help out with running activities.

As well as the residential retreats we will also be designing and later in the year offering some shorter activities people living with dementia who may just want to have some time out of the house or a care home environment. More details on this will be available on the website soon, or email deborah@newboldhouse.org if you would like further information.

For more details on Dementia Adventure’s social licence project check out their recent article here