- Advertisement -
Saturday, 24 October 2020


Wildlife project ‘leaping forward’ to help people with dementia

- Advertisement -
LONDONERS living with dementia will go on a confidence-boosting ‘wildlife journey’ thanks to a six-figure grant to a conservation charity.

Froglife, which works to protect reptiles and amphibians such as frogs and newts and their habitats, will receive £244,200 from City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charity funder.

The cash will be used for a project entitled Leaping Forward for Dementia, which will include wildlife gardening sessions and specialised training in wildlife photography, art and sculpture.

The charity aims to introduce the scheme in Ealing, where it has already built nature trails in parks, and in other boroughs across London.

The project, which has run successfully in Scotland and the west of England, is aimed at boosting the mental and physical wellbeing of people with onset dementia while protecting wildlife habitats.

Dhruv Patel

Dhruv Patel, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust Committee, said:

“This project has been really successful in other areas of the country in stimulating the minds of people living with dementia and providing a boost to their confidence and self-esteem.

“It has the twin benefits of helping improve the lives of people with dementia and enriching our environment by creating habitats in which wildlife can thrive – even in a great urban metropolis like London.”

Participants will take part in indoor wildlife gardening workshops before heading outdoors to make gardens more welcoming for wild creatures by adding wildlife-friendly plants and installing ponds and wildlife homes.

Kathy Wormald, CEO of Froglife, said:

“Many people living with dementia feel that they can no longer participate in interests that they had prior to their dementia, such as gardening. This project re-ignites that interest and helps them to improve their green spaces for wildlife.

“I am delighted that City Bridge Trust is supporting this project, which in the other areas in which it ran has had an amazingly positive impact on the mental and physical well-being of people living with dementia.”

Sign up to receive full FREE access to charity news and special sector offers.

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Stay Connected


Must Read

The Duke of Cambridge lays foundation stone for state-of-the-art cancer research and treatment facility

THE Duke of Cambridge today attended a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of building works for The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust’s Oak...

Heart Heroes celebrated by star-studded attendees at virtual charity awards event

THE British Heart Foundation (BHF) tonight celebrated inspirational ‘Heart Heroes’ who have shown courage, resilience, compassion and bravery in the face of debilitating heart...
- Advertisement -

Employment News

Samaritans announces the appointment of new CEO, Julie Bentley

THE leading suicide prevention charity in the UK and ROI has announced that Julie Bentley has been appointed as its new CEO. Julie joins Samaritans...

Kate Cooper-Owen joins Comic Relief’s top team as Creative Director

COMIC Relief has announced another exciting new appointment to their top team with Kate Cooper-Owen set to join as Creative Director. Kate will play a...

Special Olympics GB welcomes two new faces to the team

SPECIAL Olympics GB is delighted to announce the appointment of Pete Rhodes and Ben Miller to the organisation with immediate effect. Pete Rhodes takes on...

Related News

POhWER launches hat-themed fundraising appeal

UK advocacy charity, POhWER, has launched its Hats of POhWER fundraising appeal with the goal of raising £5,000 to expand its Community Advocacy offering. At...

Berkshire blind veteran to have artwork featured in military charity’s annual art exhibition

A Berkshire blind veteran is going have his artwork piece 'Safe Area - Lighthouse Entrance' featured in Blind Veterans UK's annual exhibition fundraiser this...

Adopt-A-Child: Expanding our work in Albania

OVER recent months we have had to significantly change the way we have been doing things in Albania.  Our usual feed programmes, serving a hot...

North Yorkshire disability charity to extend ‘smart learning’ thanks to National Lottery grant

DISABLED adults from across the Harrogate district will be able to join a charity's 'smart learning' programme, thanks to the National Lottery. Disability Action Yorkshire,...

New charity resilience fund to distribute £20m

THE Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has launched a new £20 million fund to help charitable organisations in England that support those hardest hit by...
- Advertisement -