The Red Shed Project is a registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) Reg number 1202545. We provide a service for those living with Dementia, their carers and families.
Our qualified Horticultural Therapist, 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.
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 ‘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.
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