Devon law firm Kitsons is working towards becoming a dementia friendly firm and has joined the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance.
Kitsons, which has offices in Exeter, Torquay and Plymouth, is the latest member to join the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance, which works to reduce stigma and misconceptions surrounding dementia, by raising local awareness and offering regular dementia information sessions. The alliance has 44 organisational members including Exeter University, RD&E Hospital, the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Waitrose.
To enhance the experience of clients when engaging with Kitsons’ legal services, and as part of the firm’s corporate responsibility towards employees, 93 members of staff recently attended a Dementia Friends Information Session at the firm’s AGM. Marjorie Creek, a private client solicitor and Registered Nurse talked about the condition, its impact, and how as a firm Kitsons can facilitate a dementia friendly working environment.
Marjorie Creek, Private Client Solicitor at Kitsons said: “Some 850,000 people are currently diagnosed with dementia, and numbers are expected to increase significantly over the next 10 years. Dementia is a progressive disease and those diagnosed and their caregivers need our support. At Kitsons, we are pleased to be involved in this essential community initiative and support the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance which is committed to working towards Exeter becoming a dementia friendly city.”
Gina Awad, founder of the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance said: "We are delighted to have Kitsons support our vision and aspirations to ensure people living with dementia and their families feel included and understood in the community. Kitsons is committed in their collaboration with us and we look forward to our ongoing partnership."