First dementia friendly walk through woods hailed a success

First dementia friendly walk through woods hailed a success

by Tom Martin (July 2022)

THE National Trust in Formby teamed up with Alzheimer’s Society Sefton to run the first ever ‘dementia friendly walk and talk’ event in Formby woods.

The event, held earlier this month, involved a group of people living with dementia and their friends and family.

Chris Hunter, one of the rangers, took the group on the walk around the woods, stopped at various points to talk about interesting features and gave information about the history of the site and its red squirrels.

National Trust staff, including Chris, attended a Dementia Friends session prior to the event to learn more about dementia and how they could make it engaging and interesting for people with this condition.

Linda Lawson, information worker for the local Alzheimer’s Society said: “The walk and talk event was a great success and we are hoping to work with the National Trust again to offer more activities like this in the future.

“We know that keeping active and involved in their community enables people to live well with dementia and it could help slow down the progression of this disease. We are delighted that this pilot event went so well and hope to do more of the same in the coming months, as well as supporting the local National Trust in their work.”

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