The Gateshead Housing Company and its partners are “growing” new friendships in south Gateshead.
Silverline Memories is a local non-profit organisation that provides reminiscence-based activities to older people and those living with dementia.
The organisation appealed for help from the housing company to instal a composting toilet and handwash facilities for its new garden and allotment project in Springwell.
The garden gives people with dementia and their carers safe access to nature and the accompanying benefits of time spent in a green-space environment.
The Gateshead Housing Company Community Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland was keen to help, providing £5,000 worth of in-kind work, carried out by partners Mears.
Estate Officer Natalie Thorburn said: “We have a high proportion of older tenants, so we were delighted to support Silverline Memories, who provide a lot of meaningful activities for people living with dementia.”
James Hill of Silverline Memories said: “The main aim of the garden is to address issues of loneliness and isolation associated with later life and dementia.
“Our qualified Social Horticultural Therapist guides visitors of the garden through activities such as sowing seeds, planting, harvesting, flower arranging, bird-house making and composting.”
Silverline Memories run a host of other activities, including a weekly dementia café group that meets in Gosforth, a monthly tea dance in the West End of Newcastle, and workshops that are delivered via other care organisations such as Age UK.
The Gateshead Housing Company Community Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland is supported by Gateshead Council and Mears.
Since 2006, the Community Fund has awarded cash and in-kind grants totalling over £500,000 to more than 120 groups across Gateshead.
Photograph above: James Hill (yellow jacket) and Sandra Hastings (seated) from Silverline Memories, Natalie Thorburn from the housing company and Alex Macdonald from Dobbies garden centre with members of the garden project.