Year-round assisted gardening for people living with dementia and other support needs.
Garden Clubs take place in dementia-friendly gardens or indoors at two welcoming community centres in Worthing. The structured but relaxed and flexible programme of garden-related activities is run by experienced horticultural therapists and can increase wellbeing through enjoyment, anxiety reduction, stimulation and social interaction. Members of the group feel part of the community and are proud of their achievements. Tasks are adapted to suit changing abilities and interests and the emphasis is on providing a positive experience. Referrals are taken from Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Memory Assessment Service, Alzheimer's Society, Adur and Worthing Councils' 'Going Local' and other agencies as well as self-referrals. They also hold open garden days, run a community allotment and courses like mindful gardening, community cookery etc.
If you are interested in how gardening and connecting with nature can improve health and wellness, get in touch. Especially if you or someone you know finds it difficult to garden or to meet people, for example, because of living with dementia, physical or mental health challenges or other disadvantages.