Grab a cuppa at Scotland’s first offical dementia friendly bank

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The Bank of Scotland has been named Scotland’s first official dementia friendly bank after working to raise awareness of the disease among its staff.

The bank has trained staff to help them provide a better service to people with the disease and their families and carers through a partnership with the charity Alzheimer Scotland.

As part of this initiative the Bank of Scotland branch in Milngavie is going to host a ‘tinsel, tea and talk’ event on Monday, November 25 from 10am to 12pm.

Robin Bulloch, managing director of Bank of Scotland Community Bank, said: “Bank of Scotland wants to lead the way to help customers affected by dementia. By taking these positive steps and training our staff in dementia awareness, we aim to help make the day-to-day life easier for people with the condition and their carers.”

Henry Simmons, chief executive of Alzheimer Scotland, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to work so closely with Bank of Scotland in generating this model of Dementia-Friendly Banking.

“Managing money is a major concern for people with dementia, their carers, partners and families. It is vital that the financial sector recognises the difficulties involved and is knowledgeable and sympathetic about the help they can provide.”

Milngavie Councillor Eric Gotts will be there to chat to people as well.