At SouthGate we proudly support many charities. One approach we have taken is to become a Dementia Friendly space. Our staff are fully trained to understand dementia and how it affects people who suffer from it. We have partnered with The Alzheimer’s Society on the Dementia Friends programme which is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. The aim is to offer training on how to interact and assist our customers with dementia in order to transform the way the nation, thinks, acts and talks about the condition. In addition to this, regular visitors will know that we have an activity promotional area which we regularly offer to charities. During a recent event we provided gazebos, tables and chairs, as well as providing the space free of charge, allowing a comfortable area for visitors to enjoy.
We recently held an event in collaboration with the National Literacy Trust, where over 250 Bath school children were invited to the centre to take part in the Young Readers Programme. It was an opportunity for both the centre and the retailers to help promote reading in the children of the community. Krispy Kreme, My Small World and Build-a-Bear were involved, to make this experience particularly engaging for the young students – here’s hoping it inspires lots of reading at home.
It is important to us that we encourage local charities and businesses to make the most of our facilities. Within the last 12 months, SouthGate has hosted a range of charitable events including the local charity, Walk for Life, and has worked with international charities such as the Red Cross and Save the Children.