Lottery funds new dementia-friendly nature activities in Dorset

A new nature project funded by the Big Lottery has been set up in Dorset to help the 13,000 residents there living with dementia. The Stepping into Nature project aims to improve the wellbeing of Dorset's older people, including those living with dementia and their carers.

The Dorset Area of Outstanding Beauty Partnership are working with local organisations such as Dorset Wildlife Trust, RSPB and Dorset Forest School to deliver a range of different activities at sites across the county.

The Stepping into Nature activities, which encompass popular hobbies such as gardening, walking, woodworking, crafts and cooking among many others, have been designed to provide dementia-friendly activities in beautiful settings such as Chesil Beach, Thorncombe Woods, Radipole Lakes and Duriston Country Park. 

Dementia friendly nature activities in Dorset

Steph Aburrow

Stepping into Nature Project Leader

"People affected by dementia can have several issues, it could be memory, perception, communication, and there's a lot of fear and stigma surrounded around dementia as well which can lead people to feel isolated, and that's where this project comes in."


"Everybody knows that nature can improve your health. If you get stressed you go for a nature walk, and that's the same for people with dementia too. It has the same distressing qualities. People can come along, they can make new friends and learn new skills as well. We have woodworking and gardening, there are a whole wealth of benefits to outdoor activities."

To find out more about the different activities and locations on offer, visit the Stepping into Nature page on the Dorset Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty website:
http://www.dorsetaonb.org.uk/our-work/health-and-wellbeing

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