This weekend Specsavers in Harrogate will be hosting a good old-fashioned tea party to raise awareness for dementia.
The event will transform the Specsavers store this Friday and Saturday (17 and 18 June) with vintage decorations and music being played, along with staff carrying out their usual clinics and services in fancy dress.
Classic tea and cakes will be on sale at the store with all proceeds going towards dementia charities. A raffle will also be taking place, with a top prize of a pair of designer sunglasses and a pair of Specsavers own-brand sunglasses as second prize, both complete with single vision lenses and UV coating.
Specsavers Harrogate dispensing optician and in store trainer Lynette Bennett-McCarthy, at in, says: ‘We’re hoping to create a really happy and comforting atmosphere in store on the day.
‘We would love for the public to come along and enjoy our baking, enter our competition and help us to support a great and worthy cause which we’re all passionate about.’
The team at Specsavers in Harrogate has recently taken part in Dementia Friends training, an Alzheimer’s Society initiative to help people develop an understanding of dementia and turn it into action to support customers and employees who are affected by the condition.
Store director John Broadberry explains: ‘Being more aware of dementia is an incredibly positive development for our team and our offering to customers.
‘I always thought dementia was all to do with someone’s memory – but it is much more than that. By uncovering the truth about dementia it really opened my eyes to how at Specsavers, when performing our daily duties, we can all take a little time to support and care.’
Dementia Friends is completed online and entails watching a series of scenario based videos. The second is a classroom session which builds on the skills, helping participants to wage positive relationships with people with dementia.
All Specsavers support offices staff are also being offered the training. 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.