Alpkit Foundation News

Nature Memories Café

By Alpkit
23, Apr, 2017

Providing a dedicated café morning for those suffering the effects of dementia

Nature Discovery Centre

Back at the start of 2017 the Alpkit Foundation was delighted to help support the trial of a nature café for people living with dementia and their loved ones.

The volunteer led nature café at the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust's Nature Discovery Centre in Thatcham site ran a 10 week trial from January. 

Becky from the Centre explains why the project was started. "We wanted to provide a relaxed, welcoming environment for people living with dementia and their loved ones to get together to experience nature through guided walks, wildlife watching and nature crafts and enjoy refreshments whilst enjoying our beautiful nature reserve. Evidence suggests that access to nature for people with dementia has a wide range of benefits, including increased physical and emotional health, increased independence and self esteem and increased memory and attention."

There was already a café on site in the visitor centre but they wanted to put on a dedicated Monday morning when it was normally closed to the general public. It is great to see that this trial period was a success and they continue to offer a series of free weekly drop in sessions designed to provide support for people living with dementia where they can experience the relaxing power of nature through crafts and other activities and enjoy a piece of delicious homemade cake with a hot drink. If you're in the area then you can find out more on their website or head over to their Facebook page.

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