Digging for Dementia

Growing with people with dementia

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Digging for Dementia needs your pennies!

Digging for Dementia has been gathering considerable momentum in recent weeks. With a plot of land finally confirmed, and the first participants recruited, the project is almost ready to go! I’m planning to launch the gardening sessions in mid-August with a big garden party, and I have so many exciting activities planned for my lovely group. But in order to make this a reality, lovely supporters, I really need your help!


So far, Digging for Dementia has been funded almost entirely from my own pocket, with the exception of a few fundraising events. I’ve been more than happy to fund the project’s development as I love it with all my heart and desperately want it to succeed; however, as the project continues to grow, funding it myself is no longer sustainable. Although Digging for Dementia is not a hugely costly endeavour, the costs of running the project, including insurance, equipment and other materials, can quickly add up, and I’ve realised that the time is right to ask for help. The Digging for Dementia community has been so wonderful and supportive so far, and I would be so grateful if those of you who are able to donate some pennies to the project would be willing to do so. Even if you can only spare a pound, you’ll be keeping the group in teabags for a good few weeks!


You can donate securely through PayPal, either using the link at the side of the page, or the Donate page of this website. All donations will be used to fund Digging for Dementia’s running costs, and I will be posting regular updates to let you know how your money has been used. I’m not asking for a Scrooge McDuck-esque pool of money – Digging for Dementia only costs around £300 per year to run – but I would really appreciate any contribution you could make. And if you’re wondering what’s in it for you, I’ll leave that up to Avenue Q to explain 🙂


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Digging for Dementia is GO!!!

Yesterday I teased a potentially huge announcement, and I’m thrilled beyond words to finally be able to share it: Digging for Dementia has a plot of land!!! We’ll be based at the Valley Community Gardens in Swinton, a beautiful space with raised allotment beds, communal spaces and even a community orchard! It’s the perfect setting for a community-centred project like Digging for Dementia, and I’m incredibly grateful and proud to be able to launch the project in such a fantastic location. Keep an eye on the website for details of the launch date and event, and if you’d like to register your interest in joining the sessions, please email diggingfordementia@hotmail.co.uk. Once again, I’d like to say a huge thank-you to everyone who’s supported Digging for Dementia so far and helped me to get the project to this point. Onwards and upwards!

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The news in brief…

It’s busy, busy, busy at Digging for Dementia HQ! There have been lots of great events and updates in recent weeks, and I’m excited to share some of them with you:


* Last week, I was invited to give a presentation about Digging for Dementia to the Salford Integrated Community Care Group for Older People. The group was so supportive of Digging for Dementia, and I met lots of wonderful people who are keen to help me to develop the project even further, so watch this space!


* I’m thrilled to announce that Digging for Dementia will once again have a stall at the next Society for Abandoned Animals event! I had such a great time at the charity’s All-Trophy Dog Show last month, and I’m looking forward to representing Digging for Dementia at SAA’s Summer Fair on Sunday 18th August.


* Last Saturday, I attended Feeding Manchester 13, a gathering of people involved in sustainable food production in Manchester on both a commercial and community level. It was fantastic to meet so many fellow community growers, and to share experiences with others who share my interests, and I made many valuable contacts, with whom I hope to work in the future.


* Last, but certainly not least, I’m very pleased to announce that Digging for Dementia is now a member of the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens! I’m so excited to be part of FCFCG’s network and to have the support of such a fantastic voice for community growers, and I look forward to making the most of the many services they offer to their members.


There’s another big week on the horizon for Digging for Dementia, and I may be reporting back soon with some HUGE news, so please send lots of happy thoughts and good luck wishes my way, and be sure to check back in a few days for more updates!