Dementia is not a barrier to enjoying yourself or being creative in South Bristol – two groups show how

Published on: 27 Oct 2017

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Getting creative with dementia  

A NEW arts service for people with dementia is arriving in Knowle, as a gardening project nearby continues to thrive.

The Good Brain Gang is a new arts, exercise and wellbeing project opening in November at The Park centre in Daventry Road.

It’s open all day on weekdays to people with dementia, their family and friends. It’s a private service and a fee is payable but it’s hoped to get council support.

It offers activities from art classes to language learning, yoga and mindfulness, with the aim of allowing people to forget their dementia and enjoy creativity.

A similar ethos reigns at Growing Support, a gardening group for people with dementia and their carers. It meets every other Friday from 10.30am-12.30pm at Bristol Community Links  South, Langhill Avenue.

“This summer the group have grown their own salads, tomatoes, courgettes, beans, radishes, beetroot and onions, not to mention a beautiful flower display! Everyone enjoys the activity and fresh air, while socialising,” said a spokesperson.

Dolly, who comes to the group every week, said: "How wonderful people have been to me. I love every minute of it.”

Growing Support gardening groups depend on the help of local volunteers. They support members of the group with the more difficult tasks and help create a cheerful atmosphere, chatting with the gardeners and encouraging reminiscence and story telling. New volunteers are also very welcome and all the necessary training and support is provided. 

If you or someone you know would like to join the group or volunteer to help out then please contact  volunteers@growingsupport.co.uk . Or you can find more information on the Growing Support website below http://growingsupport.co.uk/whatwedo/activities/

In the winter the group moves indoors for craft activities. It’s seeking more volunteers – details on the website.

growingsupport.co.uk

goodbraingang.com

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