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Ellie Broad

Ellie Broad

Professional biography

My involvement with the Open University comes from joint working with Dr. Jitka Vseteckova and colleagues from the department of Health and Social care.

I work for The Parks Trust in Milton Keynes, a charity that cares for the parks and green spaces of the new town. We run a huge array of community events and initiatives from small, group-based activities to large scale celebrations. We’re enthusiastic about getting people outdoors and making the outdoors accessible and welcoming to everyone. I work specifically on the National Lottery Heritage Fund project at Great Linford Manor Park in the north of the city. The Parks Trust have been awarded £3.1m to reveal, revive and restore the historic landscape of the park, but to also deliver a variety of community events to encourage engagement with heritage and the outdoors.

One of our main aims is to make the park more accessible to older people and those living with dementia as we know how valuable the outdoors and walking can be for our health in older age. An outcome of our Heritage Fund project has been establishing the 5 Ways dementia friendly café, which operates out of the local church in the park. The café offers conversation and refreshments as well as a gentle guided walk of the surrounding parkland. I have been working with Dr. Jitka Vseteckova and her colleagues to study the barriers and facilitators to walking for those living with dementia and their carers who attend the café.

Podcasts and Open Learn articles

·       Vseteckova J & Broad E  (2020) Keep Me Walking - researching with people living with dementia and their carers - Podcast – Open University in collaboration with The Parks Trust

Broad E, Methley A & Vseteckova J (2021) Podcast OU & The Parks Trust & Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust - Spotter sheet and mindful walking.

·       Methley A, Vseteckova J,  Broad E (2021) Walking the great ourdoors with The Parks Trust and staying mindful

Ellie Broad's activities

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