Supporting dementia

Dementia friendly

Through our charity partnerships, we're working towards creating a good place for everyone.

In 2017 we embarked upon a 3 year partnership with Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer Scotland and during that time we helped to raise more than £240,000. But our charity partnerships are for more than fundraising. We’ve used this opportunity to better understand what it means to live with dementia. Scroll down to find out more about the work we’re continuing to do to create a lasting legacy, dementia-friendly branches and a Society where no one is left out.

Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer Scotland

Over 850,000 people in the UK are affected by dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease the most common cause^. That’s why, Skipton colleagues voted to partner with the Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer Scotland. These two great charities campaign not only to fund vital dementia research, but also to raise awareness and make the world a friendlier place for people living with the condition.

^Source: Public Health England - Dementia: Applying All Our Health 2018

Alzheimer's Society is a UK charity that campaigns for change, funds research to find a cure and supports people living with dementia today. Registered charity number 296645.

Alzheimer Scotland is Scotland’s national dementia charity who campaign for the rights of people with dementia and aim to make sure nobody faces dementia alone. Registered charity number SC022315.

Dementia-Friendly Organisation

At Skipton Building Society we’re committed to becoming a more dementia-friendly organisation.

£240,000 raised by Skipton colleagues and customers is a standout figure that we're really proud of. But the longer-lasting legacy of our partnership is found in the accessibility and inclusivity of our branches.

Being a more dementia-friendly organisation means understanding the difficulties people living with dementia on a day-to-day basis. It means taking the time to make a difference. Here are just some of the dementia-friendly changes we’ve made.

A Dementia Friend in every branch – Over 90% of our branch colleagues have become Dementia Friends. Speak to a colleague in branch to find out how they can help visitors living with the condition. Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer's Society initiative raising awareness about dementia and the small actions people can take to make a more dementia-friendly society.

Working alongside the Skipton Dementia-Friendly Community – with many of our branches involved in their own local Dementia Action Alliances. A Dementia Friendly Community is a village, town or city where local organisations have come together to make their area more dementia friendly.

Dementia-friendly branches – our branches display Dementia Friends flowers in the window, so that they are easily recognisable as being an environment that's focussed on becoming more dementia-friendly. We’ve also made some changes inside, including plainer flooring and coloured transparencies to help avoid misconceptions and improve accessibility. These changes help to make the experience of visiting a branch more comfortable for people living with dementia.

Supporting vital research – the money we have raised has funded research at the Bradford University Doctoral Training Centre. This research focuses on the care of people living with dementia ensuring a legacy of our fundraising.

Providing for ongoing support – in Scotland, we raise money to help support Alzheimer Scotland’s 24-hour freephone dementia helpline, dementia resource centres, dementia advisors, community activity organisers, volunteer coordinators and much more.

Imran Najeeb

It’s really important that people living with dementia have a voice, remain active and most importantly feel included in the community. I’m delighted that my team was recognised for all their hard work and effort they’ve put in to making Bury dementia friendly.

Imran Najeeb - Bury Branch manager. Bury branch won the ‘Customers at the heart of everything’ award in the UK Customer Service Awards 2017.


Forget Me Not ball

Leeds was the location for the 2019 Forget Me Not ball, where a stellar cast of Skipton colleagues, business partners and the odd celebrity joined together to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland.

With live entertainment, silent auctions and guest speakers, we raised over £50,000 for the great charities.

Going Miles for Memories

Over the course of nine days, Skipton colleagues ‘virtually travelled’ the 2,332 mile distance between all our branches. Whether walking, rowing, cycling or swimming, colleagues used human power to raise over £83,000.

Two colleagues even rode their motorbikes the length and breadth of the UK to visit every single Skipton branch in person.

A Memory Walk to remember

Our head office colleagues travelled an impressive 29 miles from Leeds back to Skipton along the Leeds - Liverpool canal. How they made the journey was up to them, as long as it was human powered.

Walking, kayaking, cycling or swimming, our colleagues recruited friends, family and other loved ones to raise money as part of Alzheimer’s Society’s Memory Walks.

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