The Ecology Centre
The Ecology Centre in Kinghorn was awarded £15,000 funding to run from 2018 to 2020 to provide a safe and warm welcome for people living with dementia and their families in the Fife area.
This project focusses on supporting participants to take part in meaningful activities, working together and spending time working outdoors. The Centre runs successful dementia friendly ‘Tool Shed’ weekly sessions where people living with dementia can take part in workshops refurbishing old tools, building items for use around the site, going for short walks or visiting the Centre’s polytunnel to see how the crops are developing. This is also followed up by a communal lunch and chat.
Activities also include preparing meals and planting, tending to and harvesting produce. By taking part in a variety of activities, working together and spending time working outdoors, participants will benefit from improved health, wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem.
The involvement of family members forms an important part of the project and the Centre provides informal support to participants' family members throughout.
In February 2019, the Ecology Centre made a fab wee film showcasing all the great work that takes place every Thursday at their dementia friendly Tool Shed sessions and their on-site dementia friendly afternoon volunteering session.