We want to ensure that Meadowhall is accessible to visitors in a variety of ways.
One approach we’ve 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. The Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia, aiming to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition.
Another way we are increasing access is through sustainable travel. With £1 million annual public transport investment and a range of green travel initiatives, Meadowhall is the UK’s only major out-of-town shopping centre with its own train, tram and bus interchange.
Meadowhall was an early supporter of electric vehicles, as the first UK shopping centre to install charging points in 2008, in partnership with Sheffield City Council and the Energy Saving Trust. This was followed in 2014 with the installation of South Yorkshire’s first rapid charging points through the ‘Electric Vehicles In Motion!’ scheme. Shoppers are welcoming the chance to charge their vehicles to 80% in just 20-30 minutes.
Through new ideas and training, our Meadowhall team continues to help the community through care and sustainable thinking.