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Involving families and the community

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Community volunteers

Loneliness is as bad for you as 15 cigarettes a day. Older people and people with dementia are particularly at risk from loneliness and social isolation, especially those living in care homes where they may feel cut off from the community.

Research by the respected think tank the Kings Fund shows that volunteers are underused in care homes but add lots of value particularly for people with multiple long-term conditions. We recruit, train and support community volunteers to enable residents to take part in gardening activities. This  extra resource means that everyone can take part no matter how severe their health and social care needs.

Email dalec@growingsupport.co.uk to find out more how we can involve community volunteers in your care home.

Family and friends

We organise family “growing together” days so that all the family can come together to work in the garden and create new shared memories.

“Isn’t the garden nice? We planted those you know, me and my family” Resident

Look at us, four generations all digging together! I don’t even like gardening but Mum used to love it, I’d forgotten how happy it makes her.” Daughter

What a perfect afternoon, I don’t know if Nan will remember this tomorrow but we always will” Grandaughter

If you are a carer or family member of an older person or person with dementia we can help you liaise with your care provider to improve the activities and outdoor space that the person you care for has access to. We encourage families, carers and volunteers to be involved with our activities and can train you to help support meaningful activities in the garden.

Please email us at dalec@growingsupport.co.uk or call us on 07581 281 578 if you would like to find out more about how to involve families and the community with a project.