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Help make your business dementia friendly

Dementia Friends is a new initiative of the Alzheimer's Society and a local group are running two drop-in sessions for businesses in the Borough during January.

The Dementia Friends programme is a national initiative and is running the biggest ever series of events designed to help change people’s perceptions of dementia.

Local businesses can find out facts about dementia and help their staff feel more confident when meeting customers with dementia.

Several businesses have already successfully attended and signed up from the free sessions that were run last year.

Speaking about the sessions, Lesley Green a local Dementia Champion said: ‘We aim to help businesses in Oadby, Wigston and South Wigston be more ‘Dementia Friendly’ so that people affected by dementia feel understood and included. Our aim is for our Borough to be known for being Dementia Friendly.”

The Mayor of Oadby and Wigston, Cllr David Carter, has chosen the Alzheimer’s Society as his mayoral charity, and he is delighted to support this initiative.

The first session will be at Zeph’s Café, Harborough Road, Oadby at 8:00am – 9:00am on Wednesday 23 January and the second at Oadby’s Methodist Church (next to Zeph’s café) at 17:40pm - 18:30pm on Thursday 24 January.

Both sessions will be offering advice, a warm welcome plus free toast and a hot drink.

If you can’t make these sessions you can visit: www.dementiafriends.org.uk and click on ‘Become a Friend’ for more details.

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