I visited Merryhue Farm, Callington a few weeks ago to participate on a Dementia Adventure walk. This is a partnership between Battling on CIC, Care farming Uk and Dementia Adventure. The dementia sufferers came with Turning the Cogs from the Echo Centre. Turning the Cogs, provide specifically designed sessions of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy for people living with dementia (without their carers) four times a week in two hourly sessions and assisted by volunteers.
It was a beautiful day and we were within beautiful surroundings. We petted Kune pigs, one of which was called Cindy. We walked amongst chickens, turkeys, guinea fowl, ducks and peacocks.
In a nearby field we could see some alpacas lazily grazing and some rather large donkeys which I was told were French. The farm also had rabbits and rheas (ostrich type birds).
We all sat around and had tea and biscuits, and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves. Some of the visitors who struggled at times with language were saying a few words and others looked bright and somewhat animated, a joy to see.