After launching a campaign to become dementia friendly just over a year ago, the Westpac working group tasked to bring this about has now been recognised and awarded of the ditch for the amazing impact and value the initiative has brought about 12 months on.
The Westpac NZ Dementia Friendly Working Group has just won the Westpac Group CEO Award for Community & Environment in Sydney for their passion and determination to bring the initiative to life.
Chairperson Lorraine Hunter said, “Westpac has been dementia friendly for a year now and we’re seeing amazing results with our frontline staff interactions with customers living with the illness as well as an overall awareness and sensitivity with our staff which is helpful for everyone.”
Included in the award was $10,000 prize money which the team has decided to split between Dementia Dundee in Scotland and Dementia Auckland, Waikato, Christchurch and Wellington in New Zealand.
Lorraine said, “We want to inspire other businesses in New Zealand to become dementia friendly too.”
With 60,000 Kiwis living with dementia and this expected to grow to over 150,000 by 2050, the area of banking is an important issue which Lorraine says needs to be addressed.
To find out more about what it means to be dementia friendly, see also Dementia and banking: 60,000 Kiwis living with the illness (VIDEO)