National Community-based charity United Response and HereNow Dementia are working together on a new pilot volunteering project for people with dementia. As York works to become a dementia friendly city, it really needs an oasis for people whose lives are affected by dementia.

On 18th September an 8 week pilot gardening project is being launched in the heart of York to regenerate a city-centre courtyard in Tanner Row for people whose lives are affected by dementia.

The pilot project is looking for gardening volunteers who have dementia.  All the volunteers will be supported to use their skills and create a new environment to be shared by the York community. The 8 week pilot project is a supported volunteering project for people who have dementia, is funded by JRF York Committee and run in partnership by United Response and HereNow Dementia.

United Response Service Manager, Jayne Glenton said, “As a charity United Response has been providing support for people with disabilities in York for many years.  Krumbs Café is one of our supported employment projects for people with learning disabilities and their garden is a great place for us to offer a new service to people living with dementia in York.  We are hoping to be able to secure further funding to make the dementia garden a year round project”.

Emily Abbott, HereNow Dementia Director said, “We can’t wait to get our hands dirty and turn this neglected courtyard into a beautiful oasis. It’s a great opportunity for people with dementia to get outdoors and do something useful that will benefit many people. Most importantly, it’ll be good fun!”

The Secret Garden pilot project aims to provide meaningful, purposeful activity for people with dementia by bringing back to life the courtyard tucked away behind Krumbs Café in Tanner Row, York, which is run by United Response.  The project will see the courtyard start the transformation into a beautiful garden oasis for people living with dementia.  During the two hour supported gardening sessions, carers can grab a hot drink and recharge themselves in the Krumbs café.  After the 8 week pilot, the garden will act as meeting point for anyone whose lives are affected by dementia in York.

The project launches on Thursday 18th September, 10am to 12pm, for 8 weeks. Cake and a cup of tea or coffee will be provided at Krumbs Café for all volunteers and carers.