The team at the Rothwell Specsavers attended the official opening of the dementia friendly garden in Rothwell’s Springhead Park last week, during National Dementia Awareness Week.

First of its kind

The garden is the first in the UK of its kind, it’s a public park and is intended to benefit all those affected by dementia including carers and families, plus anyone in need of support.

The store supported local Rothwell man, Peter Smith who launched the Dementia Friendly Rothwell campaign in 2011, raising vital funds and officially opened the garden, alongside Lord Mayor of Leeds, Judith Chapman.

Raising awareness on eye health

Rothwell Specsavers hosted a stand at the opening ceremony to raise awareness of eye health, promoting regular sight tests. The store has ten employees that are qualified as Dementia Friends and they have been trying to make visiting the store easier for people suffering from the condition.

James Pickersgill, store director at Rothwell Specsavers, commented: ‘We are very proud to have been a part of the dementia friendly garden opening ceremony in Rothwell and be amongst the local community.

Training sessions

We have worked hard with Peter Smith to provide training sessions in store and aim to meet all the needs of our customers and ensure team members understand how dementia can affect people and how to give those who suffer appropriate service.’

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