Living through Landscapes is a pioneering project to support people with dementia by transforming outdoor spaces at 30 care homes across the UK. The project is led by national charity Learning through Landscapes and was made possible thanks to a £1.3 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund.
Despite the fact that most dementia care settings have an outside space, our research suggest they are used rarely if at all, that service providers feel they are unsafe, or they lack confidence and resources to encourage better use of their space.
The Living through Landscapes project aims to support settings to improve the use of their outside space through a supported ‘dementia friendly’ consultation and engagement process, garden transformations, and training and support to care settings.
Thirty care homes and day centres will be directly funded throughout the three years of the project, but the resources developed including podcast or online versions of training and the garden designs will be available to any other setting who would like to take steps to improve the use of their own outside space.