Specsavers in Whiteley is giving a big hand to customers living with dementia by training up to become Dementia Friends.

Following on from this month’s Dementia Awareness Week (15-21 May), 10 members of the team have now completed a Dementia Friend course organised by the Alzheimer’s Society. The initiative involves staff watching a series of scenario-based videos to gain a better understanding of dementia and its effect on people.

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Those completing the course include optometrist Tom Joyce, optical apprentice Shannon Collyer and optical assistant Amber Giles. They have now been issued with badges to help customers identify them as a Dementia Friend in store.

Carey Cloke, store director at Specsavers Whiteley, said: ‘We’re proud supporters of Dementia Friends at the store. The training has been incredibly useful and is helping us to provide the best possible care to customers with the condition.’

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