Dementia Friendly Walking

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We want to ensure that everyone living with dementia and their family, friends and carers can engage in walking. Through our Dementia Friendly Walking project we are providing training, funding and support to make the Walking for Health network dementia friendly. We are also working to raise awareness about the benefits of walking for people living with dementia.

All of the projects that we support through this project will receive a Dementia Friendly Walking accreditation. The accreditation recognises the positive changes put in place by Walking for Health projects to make their walks accessible to people living with dementia.

This project is funded by the Life Changes Trust and The Robertson Trust who want to drive transformational improvements in the quality of life, well-being, empowerment and inclusion of people living with dementia in Scotland.

Through the Dementia Friendly Project we will:

  • Develop the existing walking for health network to make walking more accessible to people living with dementia
  • Help raise awareness of the benefits of walking to people living with dementia
  • Develop training, resources and sharing of good practice with partners and projects
  • Create dementia friendly environments
  • Increase physical activity provision in care settings
  • Ensure we become a dementia friendly organisation
  • Develop strong communication plans and link in with policies

Watch our video detailing what we have achieved to date.

We are currently supporting the following Walking for Health projects:

Stirling Walking Network
, Active Stirling
Get Walking Lanarkshire
, North Lanarkshire Council
, East Renfrewshire Council
WALK East Dunbartonshire
, East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust
Walk Aberdeen
, Sport Aberdeen
Positive Steps
, Kemnay
Ageing Well
, Edinburgh Leisure
KA Dementia Friendly Walking Group
, KA Leisure (Ayrshire)
Walk It
, Scottish Borders Council
Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust

Walk with Braveheart
, The Braveheart Association (Falkirk)
Bums off Seats
, Active Fife 
Glasgow Old People’s Welfare Association

Walk in the Park
, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
Volunteer Midlothian

, Dementia Friendly West Dunbartonshire
Mearns Coastal Healthy Living Network
, Laurencekirk
Put Your West Foot Forward
, West Lothian
, Angus
Nithsdale Walking Works Network
, Dumfries and Galloway
Active Cairngorms, Nethybridge Health Walk Group, Highland
Wee County Walkers, Clackmannanshire
Vibrant Communities, East Ayrshire
Dundee Culture and Leisure Trust
Dementia friendly Prestwick

As well as developing dementia friendly walks, projects are also working with local befriending services, creating sensory exhibitions and gardens, and developing walking football sessions. 

For more information about the project or to subscribe to our Dementia Friendly Walking newsletter or call 01259 230 152.

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