Doing something positive with dementia..Stroud Memory Walks
Established in 2014, and going strong ever since, Stroud Memory Walks have become a popular and well established event on the calendar for anyone living with dementia in the Stroud and surrounding district.
The aim of the dementia-friendly walks in Stroud's beautiful Stratford Park is to do something positive for dementia. The walks provide an opportunity to socialise and make friends while getting some fresh air, gentle exercise, and enjoying nature.
The video below gives a flavour of what the walks mean to those taking part...
The Stroud Memory Walks are a joint venture involving Fair Shares, the Museum in the Park, Stroud Valleys Project and Dementia Adventure.
“The idea behind these walks is to give people a chance to get out into nature and enjoy the sensory experience that being in the great outdoors brings. We encourage people to smell the flowers and touch the bark of trees, watch the squirrels and try to spot the resident cat.
People living with dementia will need to bring a carer with them as the volunteer walk leaders will not be carrying out a caring role.
Participants will need to wear appropriate clothing and we would encourage people to bring a packed lunch so that we can sit down afterwards and enjoy each other’s company.
Although we are promoting these walks to people living with dementia, they are open to anyone who would enjoy a sensory walk in the park”.
The walks, which take about an hour, have been specially designed to be accessible to those living with dementia at all stages, and are wheelchair friendly.
Carers, friends and family are encouraged to come along and the group is very friendly and welcoming.
All the walks are free of charge and refreshments are available.
Walks are planned throughout the Summer months, the next ones being Friday 13th May and Friday 27th May. Meet at 10.30am in the Courtyard outside the Museum in the Park, Stratford Park, Stroud GL5 4AF.
For more information and to book a place,
contact Chris on 01453 706555 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org