As a high profile, popular and well-attended venue in the town, it provides an excellent example to other organisations and businesses in Ryde that our staff have all received Dementia Awareness training. We act as an information point, resource centre and venue for the local community to meet.
- 13 November 2014
- South East
- Local Alliances:
- Isle of Wight Dementia Action Alliance
1. Action Plan
1. The National Dementia Declaration lists a number of outcomes that we 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?
As a high profile, popular and well-attended venue in the town, it provides an excellent example to other organisations and businesses in Ryde that our staff have all received Dementia Awareness training. As a result of this, our staff will be able to give a better service to people with dementia, and we will be able to place the new Dementia Friendly Island logo in the library window evidencing this.
A large percentage of the library’s most regular visitors are elderly, and staff –given the right training - are ideally placed to note changes in their behaviour which might indicate the onset of dementia.
We also act as an information point, resource centre and venue for local meetings.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Demands on library staff time are increasing, and the library is very busy. Although all members of staff will receive dementia awareness training, there will probably times when they do not notice signs of dementia in a customer.
There might also be occasions when they have insufficient time to spend talking to customers, or helping them find information online or on the library shelves.
A solution to this could be to train up volunteers for roles alongside library staff. These people would have the time and growing expertise which would help staff enormously.
Raise awareness of dementia
We will be hosting a Dementia Friendly Ryde launch day on 1st February 2014, will be promoting the project through prominently displayed posters. We are also hoping to start hosting reminiscence sessions in the library, starting in February 2014.
Developing specialist resources
We will be working with the Library Service to create a specially signposted dementia resource collection in each library, AgeUK will be directing information at a receptive audience.
Ryde Library offers free internet access to visitors. Online information and advice is therefore freely available to people who do not have computers. Library staff possess the ICT skills to help people find the information they want.
The library also has several large noticeboards, one of which could promote the dementia friendly community, and publicise any events or activities that AgeUK are putting on.
Providing a local venue
Following on from AgeUk’s “Demential Friendly Island” launch day in the library on 1st February, we will be inviting AgeUK to participate in a more general Health and wellbeing Day in spring 2014, to which other local organisations which contribute to “My life, a full life” will be invited.