Digging for Dementia

Growing with people with dementia

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Welcome to Digging for Dementia’s new trustee!

A huge, warm welcome to Digging for Dementia’s new trustee, Jemma Armytage! In addition to being a longtime personal friend, Jemma has been incredibly supportive of Digging for Dementia from the very beginning, baking yummy cakes for fundraisers, attending events, and offering lots of help and advice along the way. I’m thrilled to have Jemma on board, and I know she’ll be a great addition to the project. This news also represents a rather significant step in the development of Digging for Dementia – until now, it’s been something of a one-woman operation, albeit with some fantastic support from others along the way, and I’m so excited that the project has now reached a point at which I find myself in need of extra help. Welcome aboard, Jemma, and thank you so much for all your support so far!


If you’d like to see some of Jemma’s wonderful cakes and treats, pay her a visit her over at Jam Jar Bakes. Warning: may cause hunger!


Let them eat cake!

It’s been a tremendously busy week at Digging for Dementia HQ! As I recently announced, the launch of the project has been postponed as the land that was offered to the project is no longer available to us, but Digging for Dementia is still going ahead, and I’m currently in talks with two different organisations regarding offers of land, so watch this space!


I completed my First Aid for Adults training course this week, which has prepared me nicely for any emergencies or gardening-related injuries that may occur during the project. You can never be too careful! My instructor was lovely, and took the time to provide some additional training related to injuries which might happen during the gardening sessions, in addition to health emergencies which might affect older people. I had a fantastic time on the course, and learnt a lot. I feel prepared to take the best possible care of the group when the practical sessions begin!


I’m also going to be delivering a presentation about the project at one of the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Cafe sessions in a couple of months, and I can’t wait to visit the cafe and chat to the people who visit the sessions. Hopefully I’ll be able to find out more about what people would hope to gain from Digging for Dementia, and the experience will help me to develop the project further, and make more people aware of how the project could help them. Very exciting!


During my recent absence from work, a colleague of mine sold slices of home-made banoffee pie at work in order to raise money for the project, which was a wonderful surprise to come back to, and a lovely precursor to the events of yesterday…


The biggest news this week is that Digging for Dementia held its first fundraiser, which was a roaring success! My wonderful friend has a brand new baking business, Jam Jar Bakes, and offered to bake some cakes to sell in order to raise funds for the project. I held a bake sale at my workplace yesterday- Digging for Dementia is a project I run in my free time, not my day job- and the sale was a huge success, raising £50 for gardening equipment for the project! Everybody loved the cakes, so much so that many of them didn’t make it to the official lunchtime bake sale, having been devoured for breakfast by my workmates earlier in the day 🙂 And because everybody loves a nice cake photo, here are a few for your enjoyment:


The bake sale in action; many of the cakes had already been devoured by this point!


Just one of Jam Jar Bakes’ lovely creations, with garden-themed decorations made from icing!

Today I’ve been shopping for gardening equipment, using some of the proceeds from yesterday’s sale. Thanks to some savvy shopping, I managed to get this lovely lot for around £22!



This equipment, added to the few bits and bobs I’ve collected for the project already, means that we’re pretty much stocked up and ready to go! I’ve also ordered a large first aid kit, and a few extra bits to add to the kit, ready to be taken to the site when the Digging for Dementia sessions begin. I still have around £20 of the bake sale money left, which will be squirrelled away to be spent on seeds when the project has another start date. In the interests of accountability, I’ve added a list of the items I bought using the proceeds from the sale, which can be found in the Gallery section of the website. Yesterday’s bake sale has been so valuable to Digging for Dementia, and has really fuelled the project. None of it would have been possible without Jam Jar Bakes, so please show your thanks by checking out her website, following her on Twitter, and sending her huge cyber-hugs of gratitude!


I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who’s supported the project so far, whether by fundraising, spreading the word about the project throughout dementia care networks (the project is becoming quite famous!) or simply sending kind words of support via Twitter and Facebook. It’s quite overwhelming to know that Digging for Dementia has such an incredible amount of support, and I’m incredibly grateful to everyone who’s pitched in so far. Onwards and upwards!