The Red Shed Project provides a service for people living with dementia and their carers.
Our experienced workshop leaders are trained in horticulture and horticultural thereapy and are supported by a team of experienced volunteers. Together they deliver garden-based activities and experiences aimed 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 services are all fully funded and free to the user. If you are interested in joining a Garden Club or finding out more about anything we do – please contact us. Details on our Contact Us page.
Attending workshops at The Red Shed provides many benefits including
After attending one of our workshops Dorothy, who has Dementia, told us ‘I’ve had a lovely time I didn’t think I would be able to learn 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’
Our service is primarily offered in the Hertfordshire area, both from our own garden in Stevenage and out and about for other organisations.
Our site is based in the grounds of St Vincent’s Primary School in Stevenage. We have created an accessible s’ 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.
We are members of the National Institue of Health and care Research. ‘The NIHR funds local collaborations to support applied health and care research and research on implementation of health and care evidence into day-to-day practice. These are called NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs)’ We partner with the University of Hertfordshire and meet at our Dementia Involvment Group to help a variety of organisations and individuals who need lived experience to help with their research. (http://www.theredshed.garden/2021/02/09/having-and-opinion/)
We work with the Alzheimer’s Society and Stevenage Borough Council on the creation of Dementia Friendly Communities in Stevenage.
Our staff and volunteers are all DBS checked.
Our Annual Accounts, Governing Documents, Safeguarding and Equality Policies are all available on request.
The Project is a registered charity (1202545) funded by grants and donations and run with charitable principles with all profit reinvested back into the organisation