Andover took another step to becoming Dementia Friendly yesterday.
The Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Jan Lovell, officially launched the initiative for Andover to become Hampshire’s newest Dementia Friendly high street.
Businesses that attended the launch were presented with a ‘Dementia Friendly’ sticker to display in their window, illustrating to people with dementia and their carers that the staff are ‘dementia aware’.
Dementia Friendly Hampshire is an initiative launched by Hampshire County Council, and is now making significant progress to become a Dementia Friendly Community.
This means that there will be dementia friendly high streets, shops, transport providers, leisure facilities, charities, support groups and organisations, county-wide, that have pledged to help create an inclusive environment.
This is important because dementia is a fast growing problem with nearly 20,000 people estimated to be living with dementia in the county, and the possibility that this number may double by 2030.
Attending the event included: The Lights, Andover Leisure Centre, Andover Library, Costa Coffee, Boots, Specsavers, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Lulu’s, Breakers, C&M DIY Centre, and many more.
Those who attended the launch event were treated to a variety of entertainment from Rookwood School, Valley Leisure, Anton Infant School and the 4toons.