centre:mk takes part in Purple Tuesday with a spotlight on mental health

centre:mk will be celebrating Purple Tuesday 2021 on 2nd November for the fourth year running. In conjunction with disability organisation Purple. The day is about creating an event to promote awareness of the value and needs of disabled customers and improving the overall experience all year round.

As one of the first Changing Places changing rooms in the region and the only facility in Milton Keynes, ample disabled parking, free disability scooter and wheelchair hire and an ongoing training programme for staff to be able to recognise and assist guests with both seen and unseen disabilities, centre:mk are “proud to be purple” all year round.

This year the centre team are using Purple Tuesday to focus on mental health, sharing their guest services lounge with staff from the regional NHS Foundation Trust who will be creating awareness of the services available from the Adult Mental Health Department in Milton Keynes.

A group of disabled guests have also volunteered to share their experience of shopping at the centre the facilities offered and the initiatives in place, such as The Sunflower Lanyard scheme, designed to help people with hidden disabilities receive the right level of help and support throughout the centre as they shop.

Kevin Duffy, centre:mk Director said “Our work with the disabled community fits with our “Open to all” strategy, our ongoing programme to make the shopping experience at centre:mk more supportive and comfortable for people of all abilities. Purple Tuesday is fantastic way of getting the message out there that everyone is welcome and will be cared for while striving to always improve and deliver the best customer service for every guest who visits.”

For further information on Purple Tuesday please see: https://purpletuesday.org.uk/