Moray store initiative is finalist in National Dementia Awards

A MORAY SUPERMARKET that pioneered a system of serving the needs of people with dementia when shopping in their store has been shortlisted for a national award.

The ‘relaxed checkout’ system developed at Tesco’s Forres branch has drawn attention around the world, with many now looking to emulate the process.

Community champions at the store have worked with Wendy Menzies, the Dementia Advisor in Moray, to develop the system that ensures those suffering from dementia are not ‘rushed’ when shopping.

Introduced on a trial basis, resulting publicity has led to calls to the Moray store from China, Australia and the USA seeking information on how the relaxed checkout operates. Now Tesco Forres and Wendy Menzies have been shortlisted as the Best Dementia-Friendly Community Initiative in the forthcoming National Dementia Awards.

The Moray initiative will be judged alongside the Dementia Socials Programme developed by the National Museum of Scotland with the National Library, National Galleries and Royal Botanic Gardens.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Glasgow’s Marriott Hotel in September.

Henry Simmons, Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland and Chair of Scotland’s Dementia Awards, said: “Scotland’s Dementia Awards celebrate the work of both professionals and community groups who are committed to helping people with dementia and their families.

“As well as showcasing creativity and innovation, the awards really celebrate good ideas, meaningful partnerships and acknowledge the people and colleagues working together to help us improve the day to day lives of people living with dementia across our communities, from the Scottish Borders to the Highlands and Islands.

“All of our finalists this year are extremely deserving for their commitment in supporting people living with dementia and their families and we look forward to saying a big thank you to all our finalists and winners on the day.”