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Started: 2009

Based: Chelmsford

Dementia Adventure is an award-winning social enterprise that was established as a community interest company.

The adventures are diverse and range from park walks to holidays in locations such as Cornwall, Essex, the Isle of Man and Turkey. Dementia Adventure also provides catalyst services including training, research and consultancy.

The organisation was started by Neil Mapes and Lucy Harding, who have backgrounds in clinical psychology and international adventure travel holidays. Through their experiences, Neil and Lucy found that people living with dementia, especially those living in care and hospitals, often have limited access to outdoor green spaces. Their work is based on a vision of a society where people live well with dementia and have contact and connection with nature.

Dementia Adventure has worked with organisations the Woodland Trust as well as numerous universities and care home providers in Essex, East Sussex, Wiltshire and Derbyshire.