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Growing Together for Dementia – our new therapeutic gardening group

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We’re excited to announce Growing Together for Dementia – a new therapeutic gardening project starting June 2024 until May 2025.

The group will provide those living with dementia a chance to:

> Improve wellbeing in a friendly and supportive environment

> Socialise with others who are also living with dementia

> Benefit from a selection of meaningful activities designed with the help of an occupational therapist and our training provider ‘Dementia Adventure’

Growing Together for Dementia offers a more nature based alternative to the more traditional indoor day centres, and the project is suitable for people living with Dementia who have mild to moderate symptoms. We also accept referrals for people who are awaiting a diagnosis.

We do not provide carers to assist with personal care (although they are welcome to come with their own carer/family member).


What to expect at Growing Together for Dementia

Sessions are completely free until May 2025 and take place every Tuesday at the Hamelin Trust garden in Rochford beginning June 2024. While you’re with us, you will also be provided with a light lunch.

In addition to the therapeutic gardening activities for adults with dementia, support sessions for carers and family members will also be available.

What a typical day consists of:

10am -10.30am – arrival, settling in

10.30am – 12pm first gardening session

12pm – 1pm light lunch and socialising

1pm – 3pm second gardening session

Departures/ pick-ups at 3pm

What is therapeutic gardening?

Therapeutic gardening is a practice where people work with plants and gardens to improve their mental and physical wellbeing. It can involve a range of activities like planting, watering, and taking care of plants, which has been shown to help emotional and physical wellbeing, sleep and waking patterns, and help reduce stress, anxiety and loneliness.

How to sign up

If you would like to refer yourself or a loved one to Growing Together for Dementia, please complete the referral form below. Please make sure you select the Growing Together for Dementia option when selecting which Growing Together Project you will be attending.

Address: Hamelin Trust, Sutton Rd, Rochford SS4 1XS

A large car park is available on site.

Join Growing Together for Dementia