The Red Shed Project is a registered Community Interest Company (CIC). Reg number 11603919. It is a non-profit organisation that benefits the community. We provide a service for those living with dementia, their carers and families.
Our qualified Horticultural Therapists, supported by trained and experienced volunteers, deliver garden-based activities and experiences. We aim to improve and enhance physical and mental health, well being and alleviate loneliness and isolation.
Gardening is one of the most popular past-times in the UK and Horticultural Therapy is a proven way of helping people benefit from engaging with the garden. We adapt activities to provide sensory stimulation, exercise, promote a sense of purpose and achievement. Our activities range from growing flowers, fruit and vegetables to garden crafts. Our participants are encouraged to use old skills and learn new ones.
Our service is primarily offered in the Hertfordshire area, both from our own garden in Stevenage and out and about for other organisations.
After attending one of our workshops Dorothy, who has dementia, told us ‘I’ve had a lovely time and I’ve learned something new!’
After another workshop, staff from a local care home reported; ‘It was the best outing they had ever done’, one participant’s ‘whole mood lifted for several days as a result’ and a ‘husband and wife benefited greatly from the joint activity’
Our site is based in the grounds of St Vincent’s Primary School in Stevenage. We have created an ‘access all areas’ garden where we provide a variety of sessions for those with dementia; meeting their individual needs and abilities. We also support and engage with the families and carers of people living with dementia by including them in workshops and providing time just for them.