Specsavers staff in Honiton become dementia friends

PUBLISHED: 14:30 15 May 2017 | UPDATED: 08:55 18 May 2017

The team at Specsavers in Honiton.

The team at Specsavers in Honiton.

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The employees were trained as part of National Dementia Week.

Staff at a Honiton store are undertaking valuable training to help dementia patients in the town.

The team at Specsavers are being trained as part of National Dementia Week, which started on Monday and finishes this Sunday (May 21).

The initiative is run by the Alzheimer’s Society, and helps staff become recognised as a ‘dementia friends’.

The staff are awarded a badge to wear on their uniforms to indicate their increased level of dementia awareness to customers and show they have completed the training.

Stephen Auty, store director of Specsavers in Honiton, said: ‘Being more aware of dementia is an incredibly positive development for our teams and our offering to customers.

“I always thought dementia was all to do with someone’s memory – but it is much more than that.

“By uncovering the truth about dementia it really opened my eyes to how at Specsavers, when performing our daily duties, we can take a little time to support and care.”

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