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NHS Dumfries and Galloway

NHS Dumfries and Galloway was awarded £14,800 to run from 2018 to 2020. 

NHS Dumfries and Galloway will deliver a programme of activities targeted at those living with dementia who are from a farming background, or who are interested in learning something new and getting outdoors, living in the Stewartry area of Dumfries and Galloway. The service works in partnership with the farming community and a range of organisations including care homes, public and third sector organisations. 

Specific activities include visits to farms, agricultural machinery suppliers, vintage machinery experiences, mart visits and support to attend agricultural shows.  Activities are spread out throughout the year so that participants can experience different seasons and weather. Everyone involved has the opportunity to develop their own personal memory resource, so that memories and experiences can be revisited and shared with family and carers. 

Also forming part of this project is a community farming memory resource, which uses sensory resources such as borrowed farming equipment from the museums, a library of images, sound recordings of the countryside and captured smells. These resources are used in social group activities to offer the experience to those who may not be able to participate in site visits.

Through this fantastic project, people with dementia are growing in confidence and are now participating as part of their local community, doing the things that matter to them.