Getting the Messages - Dementia Inclusive Shopping

Getting the Messages - Dementia Inclusive Shopping

Getting the Messages – Dementia Inclusive Shopping launch at Supervalu Raheny (26th September, 14:00-16:30)

“Getting the Messages” is a pilot project designed to support those living with dementia and their carers by making it easier for them to shop and do business in their local communities. It involves staff training and additional supports such as signage, appropriate displays and seating to create a dementia inclusive environment.

The launch takes places on Wednesday, 26th September 14:00-16:30 at SuperValu Raheny and will feature the Forget-Me-Nots Choir, a choir which unites those affected by dementia with caregiver family and friends. Each Wednesday from the 26th onwards, SuperValu Raheny will have supports and appropriate facilities available to enable shoppers living with dementia and their carers to have a positive and inclusive experience.

Councillor Deirdre Heney, who has been central to the project’s development explains where the idea came from: “Through my work engaging in my local community, I became very aware of carers of loved ones living with dementia in our community and how day-to-day tasks such as shopping and doing business present serious challenges.  We then held a workshop to learn more about these challenges and explore how local businesses could create dementia inclusive experiences and environments.  Raheny Village is the pilot village for the initiative with local businesses and we are delighted that SuperValu Raheny is supporting this initiative and launching the first event next Wednesday afternoon.  I look forward to the success of the SuperValu initiative and see it as the beginning of the creation of a dementia inclusive experience throughout the village of Raheny in the near future.”         

Tina Leonard Head of Advocacy and Public Affairs at the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland commented: “We are delighted to support Dublin City Council and Supervalu Raheny with this initiative. Creating awareness and improving inclusion are vital to overcome the daily challenges facing those living with dementia and their carers in local communities. The project involves local businesses implementing simple yet effective practices which benefit both those living with dementia and local businesses as that they can better serve this important segment of consumers”.  

Additional Notes

The project is sponsored by Dublin City Council in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland and aims to support those impacted by dementia and local businesses to become dementia inclusive.

The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland National helpline is open six days a week, Monday to Friday 10am - 5pm and Saturday 10am – 4pm on 1800 341 341. For more information visit www.alzheimer.ie

For further information or queries regarding the event, please contact:

Economic Development Office - Dublin City Council – Culture, Recreation and Economic Services – Block 4, Floor 1 – Civic Offices – Woodquay – Dublin 8 – D08 RF3F (e) economicdevelopment@dublincity.ie (ph) (01) 222 5606

 

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