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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 https://youtu.be/0QHAS88C-LU
Broad E, Methley A & Vseteckova J (2021) Podcast OU & The Parks Trust & Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust - Spotter sheet and mindful walking. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dq5OXEBk3CA&feature=youtu.be
· Methley A, Vseteckova J, Broad E (2021) Walking the great ourdoors with The Parks Trust and staying mindful https://www.open.edu/openlearn/health-sports-psychology/health/how-make-the-most-out-our-visit-the-great-outdoors-walking-the-parks-trust-and-staying-mindful
Ellie Broad's activities
Browse 3 OpenLearn items Ellie Broad has worked on
An area that has been of particular interest during COVID-19 is providing traditional talking therapy outdoors. This article explores the pros of connecting with the natural world...
27 May 2021
How does the brain age and what can be done to decrease the onset of dementia? This article has many handy tips for people with dementia and their carers.
12 May 2021
The impact of walking and socialising through 5 Ways Café on people living with dementia and their carers: A volunteer’s perspective114
The 5 Ways Dementia Friendly Café in Milton Keynes includes a guided walk for those with dementia. Andrew, a volunteer from the cafe explains more about the project with The Open University and Park's Trust...
13 Apr 2021
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