THE Dementia Friendly Community in Tonbridge will be hosting a meeting of local businesses to address the issue of financial abuse of those who live with the condition.

The Information & Advice, Scamming & Financial Services event is run in association with Trading Standards, who have developed the programme nationally.

It is free and will be held at Tonbridge Juddians Rugby Club at The Slade on March 7 from 5pm-7.30pm. The event will be opened by Kent Police & Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott.

Tonbridge & Malling MP Tom Tugendhat has backed the campaign, saying: “This needs tackling locally, on every high street and in every business, too.

“I know we all want to make Tonbridge as welcoming, inclusive and safe as possible for the vulnerable. It’s good for all of us and good for business.”

He added: “Financial abuse to those with dementia can be particularly devastating, and I’d like to invite local businesses and organisations offering financial services, cashback, or cash transactions of any form, or who, by virtue of what you do, can help uncover such abuse.”

The objective is to help frontline staff to spot tell-tale signs where vulnerable people with dementia are being taking advantage of, and to know what to do when they see it happening.

For more information, or to say you will attend, email: