Staff at an opticians in Inverness have shown their support for Dementia UK by completing specialised training and fundraising for the national charity.

Dementia Friends

The Dementia Friends training initiative from the Alzheimer’s Society aims to help people better understand dementia and improve services for sufferers. Now that several members of the team at Specsavers Inverness have completed the training, they can better support customers with the condition.

The High Street opticians also arranged a raffle providing the chance for three lucky customers to win either a £50 Specsavers voucher, chocolate treats from Thorntons or a relaxing Lush gift set.

A word from our store director

Andrew Carr, store director at Specsavers Inverness, said: ‘Being more aware of dementia is an incredibly positive development for our team and our offering to customers.

‘I always used to think dementia was simply to do with someone’s memory – but it is much more complex than that. By uncovering the facts about dementia it really opened my eyes to how we can all take a little more time to support and care for people when performing our daily duties.

'It was great to also show our support for Dementia UK by fundraising in the store – a big thank you to the team for organising it and to everyone that contributed.’

The comprehensive training covers all aspects of dementia and discusses how it affects people in different ways. With particular relevance to Specsavers, it also describes how senses can be affected, including sight and hearing.

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