Dementia friendly accreditation awarded in Arbroath

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Paths for All was delighted to visit Hospitalfield in Arbroath this week to award their walks dementia friendly accreditation.

Walks around Hospitalfield’s beautiful woodland pathways and walled garden are held weekly as part of the Meander project and are suitable for all abilities with adjustable routes and lengths to suit preferences.

On Wednesday, June 6, Annie Crabtree, Hospitalfield Volunteer Coordinator, welcomed walkers to the launch of the dementia friendly walks at Hospitalfield.

Annie and her team of volunteer walk leaders led two groups on a long and short walk around the grounds of the building. The walks took in views of the sea and wound their way through the woodlands before tea and cakes were served in the walled garden.

Paths for All Senior Development Officer Carl Greenwood and Development Officer Kirsty McDonald presented the dementia friendly walking accreditation to Annie, volunteer walk leaders and Hospitalfield Director Lucy Byatt.

Over the past year, Annie has been looking at how the walks at Hospitalfield could be more accessible to people living with dementia. People with dementia, residents at the local care home and a range of organisations have all had a say in shaping the development of the walks to ensure they included sensory elements of colour and smell, made use of the history and heritage of Hospitalfield and Arbroath and that the walks were social and an opportunity to meet new people.

The volunteers at Hospitalfield have been central to the walks and perform a number of roles including leading walks, ensuring that walkers are safe and supported as well as identifying and risk assessing new walking routes.

Carl said: “It's been really great working with Annie over the past year and seeing the dementia friendly walking project at Hospitalfield come together.

"Annie has worked incredibly hard to ensure that the walking project has been informed by people living with dementia and has established strong links with a range of local partner organisations. Working with her volunteers, Annie has established a fantastic programme of dementia friendly walks at Hosptalfield and has rightly earned this accreditation. We look forward to working with Hospitalfield in the future.”

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