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Deepdale Shopping Park hosting dementia friendly event

Posted on - 2nd April, 2017 - 12:57pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Deepdale, Events, News
Hobbycraft is one of the shops taking part in the event Pic: Tony Worrall
Hobbycraft is one of the shops taking part in the event Pic: Tony Worrall

A Preston retail park is hosting a shopping event for those with dementia.

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Deepdale Shopping Park is seeing stores including M&S, Next, Hobbycraft and Wilko having a Dementia Friend manning the tills.

Additional trained staff will be on hand around the stores to help those visiting with dementia and music and tannoy announcements will have a reduced volume throughout the day.

The dementia friendly event is on Monday (3 April) from 9.30am to 11.30am.

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Deputy centre manager for Deepdale Catherine Holmes said: “We are delighted to be hosting our first dementia friendly shopping event on Monday 3 April. Our staff, security, facilities management and in store teams have all undergone training to become Dementia Friends to help create a safe and supportive environment for those affected by dementia.

“This event is the first in a series to help support local people with dementia and is part of our investment in the local community to create a place that people prefer.”

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Representatives from Dementia UK and Alzheimer’s Society are also going to be in the stores to offer help and support, and raise money for the two charities.

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