Greening Dementia

Natural England have produced a literature review of the benefits and barriers facing individuals living with dementia in accessing the natural environment

As part of Natural Englands ‘Outdoors for All’ programme the aim of the report is to form to address the identified barriers and enable people with dementia to access nature and reep the benefits.

The report can be downloaded for free from the Natural England website: http://publications.naturalengland.org.uk/publication/6578292471627776

Thrive e-Newsletter

Thrive, the charity for social and therapeutic horticulture in the UK, offer a free e-newletter. I would recommend signing up for anyone with an interest or wanting to learn more about horticultural therapy.

You can sign up here: http://www.thrive.org.uk/subscribe-to-thrive.aspx

You can also download previous issues here: http://www.thrive.org.uk/thrive-news.aspx

They also offer a specific e-newsletter on ‘Training and Education’ which focusses on sharing research, learning opportunities and practice tools for therapists. This is a relatively new addition and is worth examining further.

To find out more information and to sign up for this newsletter please visit: http://www.thrive.org.uk/training-and-education.aspx On this link you will also find out information about the conferences and seminars that Thrive run each year, such as the Green Care White Care which takes place on Monday the 18th of November in London.

ASTHP Conference ‘Outcomes and Impact’

On the 1st of November 2013, the Association for Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Practitioners hosted their second annual conference at Askham Bryan College in York. The focus of the conference was on ‘Outcomes and Impact’ and included presentations from Sharon Heaney from Coventry University, Joe Sempik from the University of Nottingham, John Cliff: CEO at Growing People and Sally Kelly from the Guild Social Economy Services CIC.

I will aim to give a brief run down of the presentations in the not too distant future but I do wish to state that it was impeccably organised and very interesting and provided me with lots to think about an ideas for my current practice.

More information about ASTHP can be found here: http://asthp.org.uk/

You can support the work of ASTHP by becoming a member for only £10 per annum.