Dementia sufferers in Brighton can now apply for free cookery and gardening sessions taking place this spring.
The project is run by Food Partnership staff with support from trained volunteers , and funded by NHS Brighton & Hove Clinical Commissioning Group.
You don’t need a referral to take part – those wanting to sign up or find out more simply need to get in contact with Food Partnership.
Organisers say that, as well as being a fun, sociable that give participants an activity to look forward to, spending time preparing a meal can help bring back previous knowledge or happy memories of the past.
Cooking sessions run weekly for 5 weeks from 11am-1.30pm at community pub The Bevy from 30th March.
Gardening sessions take place on Tuesdays 10:30am-12pm at The Garden House walled garden, beginning on 28 February. Participants can take part for up to three months.
A spokesperson for Food Partnership said: “Gardening is a wonderful activity to help improve wellbeing, get outdoors and take time to notice nature.
“Our weekly sessions provide a gentle, regular activity with a friendly group and a chance to build confidence.
“There is lots of national evidence about the benefits of gardening for people with dementia.”
Organisers say the sessions are suitable with people with a mild (and in some cases moderate) dementia and that activities can be adapted to suit different abilities abilities.
A previous participant said: “When I was diagnosed I didn’t know what to do, I’d been working hard for a long time, it’s really nice for me to come here and have something to do.
“It’s meant I have had something when I broke down. It’s nice to be with other people and cook.”
Another attendee said: “I live alone in a 3rd floor flat so you need some time going outside and meeting people. Making new friends, talking to them, finding out what they’re doing.
“It’s been nice to make some new friends and do some new activity.”
Click here for more information or to sign up.