Fareham Shopping Centre is first dementia-friendly scheme

GETTING STARTED Volunteers with the Hampshire Dementia Action Alliance launch their unit at Fareham Shopping Centre
GETTING STARTED Volunteers with the Hampshire Dementia Action Alliance launch their unit at Fareham Shopping Centre

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A TOWN shopping centre is working hard to ensure people with dementia are catered for while visiting.

Fareham Shopping Centre has joined the Hampshire Dementia Action Alliance, launched last Wednesday, and will be the first of Hampshire’s Dementia Friendly High Streets pilot scheme.

Centre manager Mike Taylor said: ‘If our staff are more aware of dementia, it helps our customers to feel more confident when they shop with us.’

Diane Bizley, local area co-ordinator for the scheme, said she has worked with security, cleaning staff and the management team at Fareham Shopping Centre to help them develop a better understanding of dementia – and they are now working with shops both inside and outside the centre to raise awareness.

Diane and her volunteers have moved into a new unit within Fareham Shopping Centre where they will encourage people to drop in and find out more about dementia-friendly communities.

She said: ‘It will also be an opportunity for us to listen to what people are telling us about their experiences.

‘The unit will be open every Monday from 10am to midday.’

The official launch of the Fareham Dementia Friendly High Street scheme is scheduled to be in November.