As the Digging for Dementia launch approaches, I realise that some of you who are planning to attend might have some questions about the practical elements of the project, so I shall do my best to answer them in this post. If you have any further questions, please contact me using one of the methods on the Contact page. And now, without further ado…
* I will be providing basic safety equipment, such as gardening gloves and kneeling pads. All you’ll need to bring along is yourself, preferably clothed in comfortable outdoor shoes and weather-appropriate attire!
* I will also provide hot and cold drinks throughout each session, so if you have any preferences / dislikes / allergies, please let me know.
* I am a trained First Aider, and will have a kit on-hand in the event of an emergency. At the beginning of the first session, I will ask you to complete a consent form which will include a brief medical history, in order to make sure that I plan the sessions in accordance with your needs. All information will be securely and confidentially stored.
* On occasion, a volunteer or two may attend the sessions to assist in the delivery of activities and ensure that everyone in the group is properly supported. New volunteers will be introduced to the group so that everybody can become familiar before the person becomes a regular fixture at the sessions.
* One of the community garden volunteers has very kindly offered us the use of her bathroom, located across the road from the site, during the sessions. The adjoining community centre also has bathroom facilities, but is usually closed during weekends.
* I want the sessions to be as fun and educational for the group as possible, so if there’s a particular vegetable you’d like to grow, or a skill you’d like to learn, please tell me and I’ll do my best to incorporate it into the sessions. I’ve already had some requests from group members about learning certain skills, so I’ll make sure those are included in upcoming sessions.
* During one session each month, we’ll be conducting a nature-themed activity, such as willow-weaving, or growing mushrooms on old paperback books. If you’re particularly skilled at crafts or have a talent you’d like to share with the group, feel free to come forward!
I hope you’re all as excited about the launch as I am, and I can’t wait to get started!