Shops unite with new scheme to stop people getting separated in Bromley town centre
PUBLISHED: 15:00 15 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:00 15 May 2017
A new wristband scheme launches today
Parents and carers visiting Bromley town centre are being reassured of their loved ones’ safety after a new service was introduced on Monday.
The Keeping Together scheme aims to quickly reunite separated loved ones and carers from vulnerable adults or children.
Wristbands are now available free of charge from more than two dozen shops as well as The Glades shopping centre, Bromley South station and Pavillion Leisure Centre.
Anyone using the band can attach their contact number so if the wearer becomes lost, parents and carers can be contacted quickly.
“Nothing is more worrying than losing someone in a busy town centre, whether it’s a child or an elderly or vulnerable adult,” said Tom Stoker, owner of participants Pret a Manger.
“Our staff are all fully briefed on the scheme and, as well as handing out wristbands, they know to look out for anyone who may be wearing one too.”
Participating stores are highlighted with ‘Keeping Together’ stickers displayed at shop fronts around the town centre.
With the launch coinciding with dementia awareness week, Mark Saddler, manager of the Bromley Dementia Support Hub, praised the scheme.
He said, “Schemes like this are simple, effective ways of supporting people with dementia and their carers.
“We are really pleased that retailers in Bromley are getting involved to make Bromley a dementia friendly community.”
The scheme initially went through a trial period in October exclusively for parents and children visiting the town.
Following its success in the months since then, the local business improvement district, Your Bromley, has decided to expand the scheme’s reach to vulnerable adults.
General manager Frances Forrest added: “We want visitors to Bromley town centre to enjoy their time here.
“We believe this scheme will help reassure parents and carers that, in the unlikely event that they become separated from those in their care, they will be reunited as quickly as possible.”