IAN WILSON, BCAh
Netpark Wellbeing is a mental health and wellbeing project which encourages people living with dementia and mental health problems to exercise and enjoy the sensory elements of a walk in a local park, followed by therapeutic digital or traditional art to express their emotions. Ian has dedicated three years to helping 829 individuals to improve their quality of life.
Using findings from the courses inspired Ian to immerse himself in contributing to create an Awareness App. He arranged for year 6 students to walk with some of the dementia patients around the park recording conversations on iPads. The footage was the subject of school workshops, before being professionally digitised and illustrated to form the Awareness App.
When the App is run in the park, it directs users to 12 different locations displaying each vignette story automatically. In ‘Home’ mode, users listen/read the stories from anywhere in the world. The purpose of the App is to: raise public awareness that dementia patients have a wonderful way of communicating about their past; raise awareness of what it is like to live with dementia; and create a living legacy for those with dementia and the children participating.
Nominated by: Emma Mills