We want to ensure that everyone living with dementia and their family, friends and carers can engage in walking.
A dementia friendly Health Walk is much like any other walk. It’s social and open to the whole community, led by a walk leader, uses safe, accessible paths and is an opportunity to enjoy some fresh air all year round.
What makes a Health Walk dementia friendly is including people living with dementia in the development of walks, providing Dementia Friendly Walk Leader training to volunteer walk leaders, building partnerships with organisations and agencies and ensuring that people living with dementia know about walking activities in their community.
We have created a Dementia Friendly Accreditation which recognises the positive changes put in place by Walking for Health projects to make their Health Walks accessible to people living with dementia. Projects working towards the accreditation can access a range of tailored support from Paths for All including Dementia Friendly Walk Leader training, small grants, resources, and networking opportunities.
Since 2015, 31 Walking for Health projects have achieved the accreditation and they are delivering over 145 dementia Health Walks every week. We have trained 535 Volunteer Walk Leaders on our Dementia Friendly Walking course to help them support the needs of walkers living with dementia. You can find the location of your nearest Dementia Friendly Health Walk using our online map and you can read walkers’ stories about the impact of Dementia Friendly walks here.
For more information about the project and how you can get involved email Dementiafriendly@pathsforall.org.uk.
The Dementia Friendly Walking Project is supported by The Life Changes Trust, The National Lottery Community Fund, William Grant Foundation, The Robertson Trust, Spirit of 2012, sportscotland and the Scottish Government.