The Fed has been providing social care support since 1867, delivering social care services including: supported housing, mental health support, carers’ breaks, community cafe, groups for children with special needs, social work, residential, nursing and day care, including end of life care.

Location: Prestwich, Greater Manchester

Heathlands Village, The Fed’s residential and nursing care home, provides care to 160 people.  Typically, 75% of residents have dementia; a condition which can affect functioning, behaviour, independence and, ultimately, quality of life.  In 2017 The Fed created a large seaside themed garden.  Previously the outside space had hardly been used as it was not secure or fit for purpose. There was nowhere for families to spend time when they came to visit. 

The group transformed this neglected space into a fantastic dementia friendly garden. The garden is safe, secure and beautiful, with an inspired design incorporating a boat, pier and beach-huts – evoking memories of summer holidays; enhanced by ‘rock’ speakers, hidden amongst beach objects, which play a soundscape of seaside sounds, crashing waves and children’s laughter.

The garden can be enjoyed by people of all ages and is open to the community.  The number of visitors to Heathlands Village has increased from 750 per week to 1,000. Children have a place to play when visiting relatives, providing them with fun and enjoyment.