Froglife Trust was awarded £14,999 funding to run between 2018 and 2020.
Froglife Trust wanted to develop a project working with people living with dementia in Glasgow, developing 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.
Froglife is a national amphibian and reptile conservation charity whose aim is to see a world in which reptile and amphibian populations are flourishing as part of healthy ecosystems. They engage diverse communities in wildlife conservation, focussing particularly on people who, for a range of social reasons, are often excluded from taking part.
This project focusses 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.
Activities range from nature walks and tree/insect identification to more practical activities such as creating wildflower meadow areas, building bird boxes and creating new ponds, bog gardens and hibernacula. All of these are dementia friendly and inclusive.
At least three greenspaces have been conserved for wildlife and local communities as a result of this project, and people living with dementia have enjoyed a range of benefits, including improved physical and mental wellbeing, being involved in something meaningful, and which they have ownership over, and a reduction in loneliness and isolation.