The Kingdom Shopping Centre is the first business in Glenrothes to be recognised as being dementia-friendly through the Dementia Friendly Glenrothes initiative.
Launched last year, the initiative is a partnership between The Fife Health and Social Care Partnership and Alzheimer Scotland and aims to support people living with dementia to remain a valued part of their community. This includes supporting people to continue to shop, use public transport or visit places like local cafes or sports centres.
With over 90,000 people living with dementia in Scotland and the number on the rise, increasing greater awareness and understanding of dementia and helping communities to be more inclusive of those living with dementia is a key mission to help make sure nobody faces dementia alone. Businesses are just one section of society who have a big role to play and the Kingdom Shopping Centre management team have been keen to play their part.
Newly appointed Council Spokesperson for Health & Social Care, Cllr. David Graham stated: “I very much welcome this initiative for Glenrothes and congratulate the Kingdom Shopping Centre on becoming the first dementia friendly site. Supporting people living with dementia to participate fully in community life is vital. The Glenrothes Dementia Friendly campaign is one strand of work underway to help deliver the Fife Dementia Strategy (2010-2020) where the aim is to support local people living with dementia to lead independent lives for as long as possible.”
Sharron McCormick, Marketing Executive, from the Kingdom Shopping Centre, said: “Every week we receive over a 100,000 visitors throughout our shopping centre and we want to make their experience as enjoyable as possible. When we were approached by the Dementia Friendly Glenrothes partnership, we quickly realised how important this initiative was and knew we had to get involved. At the earliest point, we signed a letter to show our commitment. The learning session was very easy for staff to put into use and we quickly realised that small changes can often make a big difference.”
“The majority of our staff have become Dementia Friends and have appointed a Dementia Lead who will support new staff to become Dementia Friends and who will deliver our long term goals for the Centre. In the meantime, we have improved ramp signage to the Rothes Halls and, over the coming weeks, we will be rolling out Dementia Friendly Glenrothes campaign window stickers.”
Amanda Hunter, Project Manager for the Glenrothes Dementia Friendly campaign, welcomes the support and commitment from of the Kingdom Shopping Centre and calls on more businesses to get involved across Fife. Amanda, commented: “We are thrilled to announce that the Kingdom Shopping Centre is the first to be classed as a dementia-friendly business through our local initiative. Through awareness sessions, good communication and developing the skills and knowledge of their teams, the Centre has taken great steps to support people who have dementia so that their shopping and social experience is more relaxed and enjoyable. We will continue to build on this fantastic work by encouraging as many shops and businesses within the centre to get involved.”
Businesses, services and community groups across Glenrothes who are interested in getting involved with the Dementia Friendly Glenrothes initiative can do so by contacting Amanda Hunter from Alzheimer Scotland on Tel: 01592 803800 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.