Stepping into Nature – Bowland Award Nominee

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Stepping into Nature is helping to deliver health and wellbeing benefits for Dorset’s older people, including those living with dementia and their carers. The project uses Dorset’s outstanding natural and cultural landscape to create and provide dementia friendly activities and sensory rich visits to places of interest in Dorset.

Julie Hammon, project leader, works with a range of environment, cultural and health & wellbeing partners to deliver a range of landscape based activities that encourage older people to be physically and mentally active. Using the landscape for inspiration, we provide safe, enjoyable and sociable opportunities that adopt a philosophy of positive risk taking.

By supporting our key beneficiaries and service providers, we’ve increased awareness and understanding of the needs and requirements of people living with dementia and their carers, creating safer natural spaces to visit.

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