Instinctively Wild

Ecotherapy Dementia Project, Wooplaw Community Woodland

Our flagship Ecotherapy project for people with dementia uses nature to help dementia patients regain a sense of connection and improve their well-being through gentle outdoor activities.

We’re now running a project in Wooplaw Community Woodland in partnership with NHS Borders, taking place 7thMay to 25 June

This follows a highly successful pilot at Wooplaw in June last year in partnership with NHS Borders. This gave a group of patients the chance to develop their confidence, and experience a wide range of sensory modalities to help rekindle lost memories.

Our ecotherapy work is based on research findings that procedural and sensory memory remain robust as dementia develops. We’re now working with Sarah Housden, a researcher in dementia and lifelong learning at Suffolk University, to develop our programme further.

All volunteers on this project have taken part in the Instinctively Wild Volunteer Training Programme. We also require all our volunteers on this project to take part in initial training with NHS Borders staff, and preferably volunteer on all sessions, as this group of clients needs the support of a consistent group.

Visit our Volunteering page for more information, and contact Volunteer Coordinator Daru McAleece or 01835 869869.

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