A LAW firm has supported training of more than 20 members of its York office staff to become Dementia Friends, in support of an Alzheimer’s Society initiative.

Ware & Kay is very keen to encourage all staff to develop the necessary skills to engage and work with those affected by dementia together with their relatives and carers.

The interactive Dementia Friends sessions were led by Dementia Friends champion Fiona Gilbert, a volunteer for Dementia Friends. The sessions enabled staff to learn about what dementia is, how it affects those living with it and, consequently, how best we can help.

Fiona said: “I enjoyed the Dementia Friends sessions with the enthusiastic members of the Ware & Kay team and was delighted to help expand the Dementia Friendly community in York."

Ian Fisher, head of wills & probate at Ware & Kay’s York office, added: “Our awareness training has highlighted that there are over 200 types of dementia of which Alzheimer is the most commonly known.

"Many people also fail to recognise the 700,000 carers who support their loved ones, a figure that is set to rise in the coming years.

"The number of residents living in the York area with dementia is increasing and we are advising more and more clients with dementia related issues.

"We are very proud to be part of the Dementia Friendly movement and hope to be instrumental in motivating other businesses to become aware of the issues involved.

"We pride ourselves in offering a sensitive, personal yet professional service to all our clients and this training will prove invaluable to the assistance we are able to provide to those living with dementia and the families that care for them."

The firm’s Wetherby office were trained as Dementia Friends last year and the firm’s Malton office has also completed the training.