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Providing space to belong | Living with dementia

The Margaret River Organic Garden (MROG) has thrown its support behind the town's Dementia Friendly Communities initiative, with organisers encouraging those living with dementia and their carers to become actively involved with the garden by volunteering. MROG Secretary Sharyn Carroll said the 30-year-old garden was a place of tranquility and connectivity that supported people living with dementia to remain active in the community. "People with dementia deserve to participate in everyday life, which is why the MROG embraced the Dementia Friendly Communities initiative that was introduced into Margaret River five months ago," Sharyn said. She said there were several ways those living with dementia and their carers could use the open space throughout the week. "If people living with dementia and their carers have a few hours spare on a Wednesday afternoon we would love some more volunteers," she said. "Otherwise we offer coffee and cake on Saturday mornings and the garden is open to the public seven days a week. "We want the community to know that the Organic Garden is a very welcoming environment for people living with dementia and their carers." CEO Rhonda Parker said Alzheimer's WA was delighted MROG had embraced the initiative that empowers communities with the knowledge on how best to support and involve people living with dementia. "I would like to thank the Margaret River Organic Garden for being so inclusive. We know in life small things make the world of difference and the volunteers at the MROG are living proof of that." Two free community information sessions on Dementia Friendly Communities will be held in Margaret River. Session 1 Monday, 13 May 2019 | 6.45pm – 8.15pm Stay Margaret River, 78 Wallcliffe Road Light supper provided Session 2 Tuesday, 14 May 2019 | 11.45am – 1.15pm Margaret River Recreation Centre, 51 Wallcliffe Rd Morning tea provided Sessions are free to attend, places are limited so call 1300 66 77 88 to book or email dfc@alzheimerswa.org.au

Margaret River Organic Garden Secretary Sharyn Carroll (far right) with garden visitors Ross – who lives with dementia – and his wife Carolyn.

The Margaret River Organic Garden (MROG) has thrown its support behind the town's Dementia Friendly Communities initiative, with organisers encouraging those living with dementia and their carers to become actively involved with the garden by volunteering.

MROG Secretary Sharyn Carroll said the 30-year-old garden was a place of tranquility and connectivity that supported people living with dementia to remain active in the community.

"People with dementia deserve to participate in everyday life, which is why the MROG embraced the Dementia Friendly Communities initiative that was introduced into Margaret River five months ago," Sharyn said.

She said there were several ways those living with dementia and their carers could use the open space throughout the week.

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