CHARITY campaigners yesterday (Monday) kicked off Scotland’s Dementia Awareness Week at intu Braehead with some fun and games.

Staff from the local Alzheimer Scotland hub were given the chance to take part in activities to #ChallengeDementia at Soar at intu Braehead leisure destination.

They were given a free sledging session at Snow Factor; a round of golf at Paradise Island Adventure Golf; a daredevil Fandrop, at Climbzone; a game at Laser Station and the chance to decorate their own doughnuts at Krispy Kreme.

This was the fun before the serious business of Alzheimer Scotland raising awareness about dementia today (Tuesday) at a special event being staged at the intu Braehead shopping centre, from 10.30am to 5pm.

Staff at intu Braehead are also playing their part in the charity’s Dementia Friends initiative by attending special information sessions.

The aim of these sessions is to give staff a better understanding of how they can help those living with dementia feel more comfortable and relaxed when they visit intu Braehead.

Lydia Brown, intu Braehead’s community development manager said: “The Alzheimer Scotland charity staff and volunteers do a wonderful job and we thought it would be nice for them to have the chance to enjoy themselves at Soar.

“They’ll have a busy time in the shopping centre during the awareness day in the shopping mall.
“We’re committed to making sure everyone who comes to intu Braehead feels comfortable, relaxed and safe and as part of the Dementia Friends initiative, our staff will be trained in how to make life easier for people with dementia when they visit us.”