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Photo - Wye Valley AONB
Photo - Wye Valley AONB
Photo - Wye Valley AONB


mindSCAPE - a series of fortnightly creative workshops offering access to the countryside aimed at improving the physical and mental well-being of people living with dementia and their carers.

Name of organisation:
Cinderford Artspace

Title of project/programme:

Dates of project/programme:
Started March 2014. Ends March 2018

mindSCAPE is an exciting 4 year Big Lottery funded project led by the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and delivered by Artspace Cinderford. Other principal partners include The Forest of Dean District Council, The Forestry Commission and Dementia Adventure.

mindSCAPE is a series of fortnightly creative workshops which have been designed to improve the physical and mental well-being of people living with dementia and their carers by offering them creative opportunities to access the countryside and reconnect to the landscape.

Sessions are delivered by Artspace practitioners and volunteers and are inspired by the natural environment. They take place at a Forestry Commission site where the group can take advantage of working outdoors in a superb woodland setting, complete with its own log circle, fire pit, towering Douglas Fir trees and resident deer! Participants have enjoyed walking through the woods and making natural sculptures. They have experimented making pin-hole cameras and photographing nature. They’ve tried Tai Chi, weaving with willow, wood carving, ceramics, landscape painting, eco-printing and leather craft.

In addition to the delivery of 24 mindscape workshops per annum, mindSCAPE delivers training for professional and family carers, enabling people to feel confident carrying out ‘mindscape type’ activities independently in their own homes/care settings. The project contributes towards the districts aim of becoming a ‘dementia friendly’ community and has, in partnership with the district council and the Gloucestershire County Council Dementia Education Team, trained a team of ‘dementia champions’ who promote dementia awareness in the area.


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