In the shoes of … The birds and the bees | Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

As I walked around Warwickshire Wildlife Trust’s Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve at the weekend, taking a few photos (as you do), I thought of people with dementia and my blog series.
I believe passionately that we all feel better with a bit of activity and fresh air. Throw in some wonderful sights and colours…
And then some  sounds… earlier in the year, I captured the robin’s song…
… and then use all your senses together, assisted by the brand new Sensory Garden… you’ll have to conjure up the other senses for yourselves…!

Why should older people be stuck indoors looking at four walls…?

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About Gill Phillips - Whose Shoes?

Passionate about personalisation in health & social care. Creator of Whose Shoes? - an imaginative approach to helping people work together to improve lives.
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10 Responses to In the shoes of … The birds and the bees | Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

  1. I so agree with you Gill and love your beautiful photos 🙂


  2. Exactly! It is outrageous that people can be warehoused and never feel the fresh air on their faces or smell the sea breeze. It infuriates me to hear, as I do in my work, “we don’t have time” to “take people out”. Firstly, what is wrong with “going out with people” rather than “taking them out” with all the power imbalance that implies? And secondly – that is your job!! Supporting people is not about tasks and “doing to”, it is about exactly that: supporting people. That means enabling people to have A Life and not just exist in a washed and controlled state. Passionate? Of course! It matters that we reduce the routine lack of choices and erosion of personal power that happens with illness, infirmity and disability.


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  4. Dorothy Hall says:

    As a contributor to this blog, & a carer for my mother in law with dementia, I was horrified to visit a local residential home last week, unplanned,taking an elderly neighbour to visit her sister -in-law. A newish building, in a leafy lane.Dismal inside, unimaginative decor, a bit smelly, a bit dark. Five ladies sitting round the walls of the room, TV in the corner on low nobody watching. 11-00am nothing happening.The carer came round with plastic beakers with squash, no sign of a nice cup of tea or coffee or choice—-or biscuits I don’t know what happens the rest of the time but my snapshot was dreary in the extreme.


  5. WONDERFUL PICS !!!!!!!!!
    This the reason i founded planting memories a few months ago now and already two care homes here in Torquay are talking up the challenge creating a Planting memory Garden in their grounds, please join us at
    Best wishes, Norrms and family xxxxxxxxx


  6. Whose Shoes? says:

    Thank you for all the responses. Please keep them coming! Glad you like the photos – we enjoyed taking them. Just going up there now for a bit of peace and tranquillity. Fab, simple place. To be enjoyed by ALL 🙂


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  8. We are really pleased that you had such a wonderful time at Brandon Marsh Nature Centre near Coventry. Warwickshire Wildlife Trust welcomes everyone, all ages, all abilities to get closer to nature. Our nature reserve includes bird hides where Kingfishers and Otters can be seen while our visitors facility boasts a cafe, brand new sensory garden, wildlife gift shop and much more all with disabled access.

    If you would like to find out more, visit our web site

    We look forward to sharing the wonders of nature with you all!

    Steven Cheshire
    Marketing and Social Media Officer
    Warwickshire Wildlife Trust


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