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NEWS: National charity Froglife leaping for joy at dementia friendly funding

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The Froglife Trust, a national wildlife charity which protects amphibians and reptiles and the habitats they rely on, has been awarded £15,000 by the Life Changes Trust to develop a dementia friendly community in Glasgow. 

The project will focus on tackling the barriers which prevent people affected by dementia accessing the natural environment, and supporting their increased enjoyment of the outdoors, as well as their knowledge and experience of local wildlife.  

Froglife will work alongside people living with dementia in Glasgow on practical outdoor projects which will not only make a valuable contribution to the wellbeing and care of their local outdoor spaces, but which will also improve their emotional, social and physical wellbeing.  They will deliver the project in partnership with various organisations such as local care homes, Dementia Resource Centres and other support organisations in Glasgow. 

Louise Smith, Learning Officer with Froglife in Glasgow said, “Froglife are incredibly excited to start this new project in Glasgow. As a charity we are committed to engaging with the public about amphibians and reptiles, as well as other wildlife, and making practical improvements to greenspaces to support these species and populations. Working with people living with dementia on projects like this will improve their mental, social and physical wellbeing but more importantly will hopefully give them, and any carers, the confidence and support to access and use local greenspaces more often. Plus, it’ll be loads of fun!”

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