Inspire: Culture, Learning, Libraries

Inspire is an independent charitable organisation, delivering great cultural services in Nottinghamshire

Updated:
20 September 2017
Location:
East Midlands
Sectors:
Arts, Charity
Local Alliances:
Nottinghamshire Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Inspire is undertaking a programme of Dementia Friends awareness sessions for staff so they have a better understanding of the needs of this group and are better able to support customers to live well with their condition. We provide all libraries with Guidance for customer-facing staff, Environment checklist and the DEEP guide to using appropriate language.  Inspire helps people to have a sense of belonging by organising activities tailored to their needs such as dementia friendly film screenings, songs and scones sessions and courses for carers on undertaking remininscence activities with their loved ones. In addition, we provide Memory Lane bags of themed resources which can be used by people with dementia and their carers to encourage communication, provide stimulation and relieve boredom. Our latest venture is the piloting of Activity Cases which can be borrowed by care homes or other dementia care organisations. We provide Reading Well: Books on Prescription for Dementia in our large and medium sized libraries. This is a national scheme supported by public libraries which helps people understand and manage their health and wellbeing issues through reading. Books may be used by people with dementia themselves of those caring for them.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

It can be a challenge to keep up with providing Dementia Friends sessions as we have a large staff, many of them casual or part time and with new people starting all the time. Ideally, we would provide Dementia Friends sessions for each new member of staff but this is not always possible due to pressure of workload and other mandatory training. A further issue is the difficulty of obtaining ongoing funding to provide these very well attended activities. We would like to run them on an ongoing basis but are dependent on funding which only allows us to provide blocks of sessions, then they come to an end.

Member website

www.inspireculture.org.uk

2. Actions

  • Dementia Friends Awareness Sessions for frontline staff in libraries and working towards becoming Dementia Friendly

    Here at Inspire we have begun to provide Dementia Friends Awareness sessions for our staff and intend to continue this process over the coming months and years. Although it can be difficult to make time for staff to attend these sessions, we have found that including them as part of a wider training excercise e.g.at the end of a library refurbishment programme, is a useful strategy.

    As this will take time to implement we have provided all libraries with copies of the Alzheimer's Society documents on how to create Dementia Friendly Communities: How to Help People With Dementia, a Guide for Customer Facing Staff, DAA Environment Checklist and the DEEP Language Guide

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    Staff at Beeston Library have received Dementia Friends Awareness sessions as part of their training package prior to reopening after an extensive refurbishment. Attention was also given to the physical layout of the library. Staff were given copies of documentation on how to become more demetia friendly.

  • Memory Lane Bags for use by people with dementia and their carers and new Dementia Activity Cases for use with larger groups

    Inspire have created Memory Lane Bags for use by people with dementia and their carers, which are themed collections of resources on a diverse range of subjects such as Childhood, Holidays, 1960s, Stimulate the Senses, Mining and Men's World. Each one contains a mixture of objects, books, CD or DVD and ephemera, along with a contents and guidance folder. As they have proved so popular, including with care homes and day care services, we decided to create some new resources aimed specifically at groups. Thes eactivity cases are in the pilot stage but we hope to create more in the coming months and add to stock for loan in the same way as the Memory Lane Bags.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    Eight Dementia Activity Cases have been created and loaned out for use with groups in either care homes or day care settings. Evaluation will be completed in Q3

  • Activities in libraries for people living with dementia and their carers

    This year, Inspire have run two programmes of activities in libraries specifically aimed at people with dementia and their carers.

    The first, which has just finished a run at West Bridgford Library and now moves to Worksop Library for September and October, is Songs and Scones. These are commissioned from Live Music Now. 

    In addition we will be hosting two demetia friendly film screenings at Mansfield Library in September and October, in partnership with Broadway Cinema.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    Songs and Scones at Worksop Library in Spetember and October.

    Dementia Friendly Film Screenings at Mansfield Library in September and October.