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Shiregreen scouts dig deep with sensory garden for people with dementia

4 October 2016
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Shiregreen scouts have created a welcoming environment for people living with dementia in a community project supported by Sanctuary Housing.

Members of the 231st Scouts have made memory boxes and planted a sensory garden for residents at Sanctuary’s Park View Residential Care Home, in Sicey Avenue.

Youngsters hope the four boxes, packed with vintage items and placed around the care home, will provoke residents’ memories. While a sensory garden – featuring lemon, lavender and long grass - is a therapeutic way of stimulating residents’ memories from scent and touch.

Beaver Scouts also learned songs from the 1940’s to 1960’s and performed them at the care home after being inspired by the Scouts’ A Million Hands project. The scheme calls on scouts nationwide to address topical issues including people living with dementia - a condition that now affects one in every six people aged over 80.

Melanie King, Sanctuary Housing neighbourhood partnerships manager for Shiregreen, said: “The scouts have done a wonderful job at Park View – they’ve not only supported residents to reflect on pastimes but also added some colour to the home’s grounds in time for next summer. We are proud to support such a rewarding community project as A Million Hands.”

Danny Levick, Group scout leader for Shiregreen Scouts, said: “The older scouts decided that dementia was something they wanted to focus on because some of their families have been affected by it first-hand.

“It’s a project that should have a lasting impact and by next year, plants in the sensory garden will be fully grown. This activity has opened the young people’s eyes to dementia and has been a way of bringing the generations closer together.”

Part of the 231st Scouts’ work was funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, which supports projects benefitting Sanctuary residents and communities. Anyone interested in joining Shiregreen Scouts as a youth member or adult volunteer should contact Danny Levick at shiregreenscouts@gmail.com.