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Added on: 22nd January, 2018 by O1
The London Borough of Bromley has over 4,000 people living with dementia and across London this number is set to grow.
People with dementia and their carers want to make use of local businesses and services along with everyone else but the lack of dementia awareness amongst businesses often prevents them from doing so.
The Clayton Turner Award, named after the co-chair of Bromley Dementia Action Alliance (BDAA), Angela Clayton-Turner, is a new annual honour and will be presented for the first time at the Orpington's Finest Awards 2018. It will be awarded to the Orpington town centre business judged the town’s most dementia friendly.
To be shortlisted, businesses must sign up as a member of the BDAA . This is free and requires commitment to a minimum of one action that will make their business more dementia friendly to customers and the local community. BDAA member actions are reviewed annually.
The introduction of the new accolade follows on from a week of town centre activity during UK Dementia Awareness Week 2017 (14th – 20th May). Orpington 1st and the Bromley Dementia Support Hub organised Virtual Dementia Experience attended by 30 local business owners and staff, as well as representatives from the Met Police and LBB. Tesco Orpington hosted a group of organisations who provided shoppers with knowledge on the disease and information on the support services available locally, and ODEON Orpington ran a Dementia-Friendly screening of the film ‘Mama Mia’, the first such screening at an ODEON in the country.
An older and ageing Bromley population means that the number of people living with dementia in the borough is higher than any other London borough, so joining BDAA makes sound business sense.
The first winner of the Clayton-Turner Dementia Friendly Award will be announced at the 2018 Orpington’s Finest Awards ceremony held at the ODEON Orpington. Contact the BID team for more information.
CLICK HERE to find out more about the BDAA and membership or speak to Nicola Fishman of the Bromley Support Dementia Hub on 020 8315 1885.