Creating an accessible shopping environment
We run a number of programmes to help make our shops inclusive and accessible to all. Alzheimer's Society's Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people's perceptions of dementia. We have been trialling training for Partners across our shops to help them understand more about the signs of the disease and how to support people with it. So far over 30 Partners have been trained as Dementia Friends Champions.
To become a Dementia Friends Champion, Partners need to attend a full day's induction run by the Alzheimer's Society, during which they learn about dementia and how to deliver an information session to others. To date, over 1000 people have registered as Dementia Friends from the sessions our Partners run for colleagues and the local community, some of which have been hosted at our Community Hubs in stores. Find out more about our Community Hubs.
Dawn Stokoe, PR & Marketing and Community Liaison Co-ordinator, John Lewis High Wycombe said of the training: