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Orpington High Street leads the way in making Bromley dementia friendly

Added on: 8th May, 2017 by O1

Orpington High Street leads the way in making Bromley dementia friendly

Last Updated:
Mon, 15 May 2017

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Recognising that more people are living with dementia in Bromley, Orpington businesses are hosting events for Dementia Awareness Week 2017, to make the town a dementia friendly community.

On Tuesday, 16 May, Orpington High Street will host a Dementia Bus (pictured) giving invited guests an experience of what it can be like to live with dementia. By experiencing how dementia might affect people and their families, local businesses and organisations can better meet the needs of customers using their services, making Orpington High Street a more appealing place to visit, shop and do business.

Tesco Orpington will be hosting charities and organisations, where members of the public can find out more about local dementia services and support.

ODEON Orpington will be hosting the first Dementia Friendly Film Screening to be held in the country in ODEON Cinemas. A co-ordinated approach to events for Dementia Awareness Week 2017 in Bromley has been made possible by a group of companies and organisations including Orpington 1st, Bromley Dementia Action Alliance, Bromley Dementia Support Hub and CWJ Solicitors.

Sharon Baldwin, executive director of Orpington 1st BID, said once again Orpington based businesses were leading the way.

“I am delighted with the response the community in Orpington has shown
for ensuring this growing group of customers are made to feel welcome and
supported in their local High Street.

“The BID directors had no hesitation in supporting this initiative and look forward to a close partnership with all those involved in the months and years to come ensuring that Orpington really is better for business and first for customers.”

Nikki Fishman of the Bromley Dementia Support Hub said it was a fantastic example of private, public and charity sectors collaboratively working together to help residents of Bromley to live with dementia.

“Local businesses and services appreciate how dementia is impacting on
their customers,” she said. “Taking part in the virtual dementia bus experience will give local businesses and services a better understanding of how they can make
themselves more appealing to people with dementia, their families and
carers. It will be good for business and the local community.”

Find out more details about all events taking place across Bromley for Dementia Awareness Week 2017 on the Bromley Dementia Support Hub Website

A new accolade is to be introduced next year to recognise Orpington’s most dementia friendly business. The Clayton-Turner Dementia Friendly Award will be presented for the first time at the Orpington's Finest Awards 2018.

To be shortlisted, businesses must sign up as a member of the Bromley Dementia Action Alliance. This is free and only requires the commitment of a minimum of one action that will make businesses more dementia friendly to customers and the local community.

The Sanctuary Cafe at Orpington Baptist Church already has Dementia Friendly trained staff and is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am -1:30pm.

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