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Dementia Friendly Information Pack

This information pack has been developed to help those in Great Torrington and the
surrounding area living with dementia and memory loss and their carers. It is part of
the town’s ambition to become recognised as a dementia friendly community.
The pack has been developed in partnership with local shops and organisations, the town
council, The Friends of the Great Torrington Library and people attending the Memory
It provides:

  • Information on local services
  • Details of resources available locally to help you live better with dementia and
  • memory loss
  • Information on shops and organisations who provide a supportive and caring place
  • to visit and can offer times to shop or visit at quieter times
  • Suggestions of ways in which you can make life easier for yourself or those you
  • care for

Who is it for?
If you are living with dementia or memory loss from other causes or if you are caring
for someone living with these conditions, we hope that the information in this pack will
make it easier to manage your life in Great Torrington.
What is a dementia friendly community?
In a dementia friendly community people have an understanding of the help people living
with dementia need, particularly the need for patience, understanding and calmness.
Shops and local organisations agree to support those living with dementia by treating
them with respect and kindness. In this pack there will be information about the
quietest time to visit shops and places in the town including the special support that
local businesses can offer.
How will I know that they will be friendly and supportive?
Look for the Forget Me Not symbol. (The Forget Me Not symbol is on the first page).
Shops and organisations who are part of the dementia friendly community will display
it so you can expect:

  • To be treated respectfully
  • To be given time to explain what you want
  • To be given time to buy what you want
  • o be helped if you forget what you want to buy or do

Best time to visit the shops
You will probably have a favourite time to shop but talking to local shop keepers it
seems that it is generally quieter in the afternoon. However, the time between 3 pm
and 4.30 pm can be busy on weekdays as the schools finish and children make their way
home. Saturday afternoons can be quiet and so a good time to visit if you prefer
shopping when it is less busy.

Remember that parking in Sydney House Car Park off South Street is free from 12
noon on Saturdays until 8:00 am on Mondays.