It has been announced that Dementia Adventure, an organisation which assists those living with dementia, is set to receive a total of £100,000 from players of People's Postcode Lottery.
Dementia Adventure launched in 2009 as a unique social enterprise which aims to connect people living with dementia with nature and the outdoors. Research shows that green exercise can specifically benefit those with dementia and the organisation provides a variety of opportunities with this in mind. Participants have noted reduced levels of stress, anxiety and aggression whilst clearly experiencing improvements with sleep, appetite and verbal expression.
The organisation will use the first £50,000 of funding, granted this month, to train its volunteers and expand its successful park walks across the country. Neil Mapes, Director of Dementia Adventure, said, "The social sector is facing extremely difficult times when the most vulnerable in our society are finding fewer services on offer to support them in the face of growing demand.
"Having the support of players of People's Postcode Lottery over the next year is hugely significant and will ensure that our innovative yet simple nature based approach reaches many more people looking for a positive way to live with dementia."
Kate Pearson, Trust Manager People's Postcode Lottery, added, "We are delighted that players of People's Postcode Lottery are able to support Dementia Adventure. The activities they offer provide a real respite for those affected and their carers. We were particularly impressed by their use of the natural environment as a means of care, which fits very closely with both the Lottery's green and care mission."