Dementia Action Week 2022 For Dementia Action Week (16-22 May) this year, RDA UK is asking as many groups who do Tea With a Pony to run as many sessions as they can during the week of Dementia Action Week. We would like raise more awareness about this fantastic activity and the powerful impact it can have for participants. If you want to find out more about Dementia Action Week and RDA UK's plans, please see here: Dementia Action Week If your group is thinking about starting Tea With a Pony sessions, why not have your first session during Dementia Action Week. If you'd like to do this, please contact Lucy Wake ( 01926 476307). 

Tea with a Pony

Tea With a Pony (TWP) gives fulfilling and enriching experiences with horses to people living with dementia or other similar conditions. Participants can enjoy a slice of cake and cup of tea, and then have the opportunity to have a sensory experience with a pony.

Launched in 2021, Tea With a Pony is an RDA activity focusing on sensory experiences with RDA horses and ponies. It was launched as part of RDAs nationwide dementia project in response to the growing number of people living with dementia and similar conditions.

The Benefits

  • Sensory experience
  • Supportive, safe and inclusive
  • Can help participants revisit old memories and make new ones
  • Special experience for all involved Increase participant numbers
  • Make connections within a local community

 Dementia Friendly Communities:

It is worth finding a community local to you, and talking with them, they may be able to help you set up a group of participants to come along to your sessions.  The link is here

And Next….
We now believe this is an activity which can enrich so many more lives and we encourage as many groups as possible to get involved.  

For guidance on how to get started with your group – please see our guide here and video below:


Measuring Session Impact:

As tea with a pony is a new national activity for RDA, measuring the outcomes of the sessions becomes very important.  We encourage all groups to use them and also use this evidence for future funding, extending the programme out further should the opportunity arise and so on.  More information on how to go about this and also setting up the reference number for your participants can be found below:

Participant Survey Guide

Survey Monkey links: Participant Survey    Carer Survey

Survey paper version (Groups must upload using the Survey Monkey links):  Participant Survey  Carer Survey

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