Taxi drivers

Richmondshire taxi drivers undergo dementia training

Left to right, Cllr Karin Sedgwick, Cllr Clive World, Fiona Andrews and Vince Ravetta.

Richmondshire’s fleet of taxi drivers are boosting their knowledge of dementia by undertaking new training sessions.

Over the past 12 months, Richmondshire District Council has worked with local licensed taxi drivers to ensure they are dementia-friendly.

Following the initial training last year, additional sessions have been held over the past few weeks to ensure drivers can provide dementia-friendly taxi services for customers.

Working with trainer Fiona Andrews from the charity Dementia Forward, the training aims to give drivers the confidence to help people with dementia maintain their independence safely.

“In rural areas especially, taxis can be a lifesaver and knowing that drivers have been trained and will understand the issues of living with dementia is reassuring for families,” Fiona said.

“Access to dementia-friendly transport can provide a lifeline to maintain the quality of daily life.”

Fiona worked with Richmondshire licensing manager Vince Ravetta and advisers Karin Sedgwick and Clive World to deliver the training.

If you or someone you know would like help with dementia, call the Dementia Forward helpline on 03300 578592. Please also contact us if you are interested in dementia awareness training for your business or community group.