Dementia Department

Heeley City Farm's Dementia Department provides a hub of support for carers for people with Dementia through Carers groups and info' support; and also to help people with dementia through Animal Assisted Therapy and other creative resources.

In 2015 Heeley City Farm opened a dementia department. Ran by Lee Pearse, with help from his brother Andrew, who cared for their mother, Valerie, for over 12 years. Valerie had a rare form of Dementia called Frontotemporal Dementia (formerly known as Pick's Disease). today the Dementia Department host many events across the city of Sheffield, they hold a 'Carers Group' for carers of people with FTD on the second tuesday of every month, they have launched 'Farming Comes To You', an initiative were the animals of the farm go into care setting for Animal Assisted Therapy. Farming Comes To You has already been in care homes, Cultural Dementia City event at Sheffield City Hall, International Older Persons Day in Sheffield City Centre and the Celebration Event for Carers Week at Hillsborough Arena.

Our Dementia Manager, Lee, and his brother, Andrew, who helps run the dementia department and manages all the publicity and marketing at the Farm were featured on the new BBC 'Dementia and Me' podcast talking about caring for their mum who had Frontotemporal Dementia and the work they do at the Farm. Listen here

Farming Comes To You

Farming Comes To You (FCTY) is a initiative set up by the Dementia Department (along side The Valerie Foundation) were we take the animals from the Farm and take them to care settings, for Animal Assisted Therapy sessions, so that people who are isolated, living with dementia and potentially missing the outside world can interact with animals. Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) has had research into it to find the benefits for people with Dementia. AAT has proven to help relieve symptoms in people with dementia, most notibly, agitation and anxiousness. Animal interactions can have a calming effect on people and someone with Dementia who might not necessarily communicate their agitation can show a more calmed demeanour.

Farming Comes To You Pricing

Here is our pricing template and what you will receive for the price.
CALL LEE TO DISCUSS OUR PRICING OPTIONS ON 0114 258 0482 OR EMAIL [email protected]

FTD Carers Group

On the second Tuesday of every month we hold a support group at the Farm for people who care for people with Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), formerly know as Pick's Disease.In April 2016 the group started and has grown since with many for the people who came to the first meeting still coming today! New members are welcome, you can either just come down to the group when it is on or call before hand to get extra information. The group is very informal, come down for tea and a biscuit, join in in the conversation or just sit and listen. The group is run by 2 brothers who's Mother had FTD, they understand how daunting being a carer can be and how little knowledge and support there can be for carers, especially in the world of FTD - a very rare form of Dementia.The group is in place for people to come and chat about experiences, ask questions to others that might be going through the same thing, share coping mechanisms or just to get things off your chest. For more info on the group contact Lee or Andrew on 0114 258 0482 or email [email protected] or [email protected]

A Helpful Space

This is a space where you can drop in and find out information and find out about advice, support and guidance around Dementia - if we don't know an answer to your enquiries then we will try and find out and contact you with what we find.

Please contact Lee for more info and to register interest - [email protected]

or call 0114 258 0482

Dementia Friendly Farm Afternoons

From 1.30pm till 3pm we are offering the Farm experience to people with Dementia and their carers. Experiences can include work in the garden, work with the animals, crafts, woodwork etc.

Please contact Lee for more info and to register interest - [email protected]

or call 0114 258 0482

Your Farm Time

Your Farm Time are sessions for carers and ex-carers to come and particpate in various practical tasks around the Farm.

Please contact Lee for more info and to register interest - [email protected]

or call 0114 258 0482