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Plymouth City Council - Library Service

Plymouth libraries provide safe, welcoming, local spaces for people to meet, socialise, learn, relax and have fun in. In our libraries you can: • Borrow from a wide range of books and DVDs • Browse a selection of the latest publications • Have free access to the internet and online information sources • Take part in free events and activities ranging from Rhymetimes for babies to social groups for the over 50s • Take control of your health and well-being with direct links to health and social care information, services and support organisations • Have direct access to all of Plymouth City Council's services All supported by helpful staff to guide and assist you if required

Updated:
31 March 2014
Location:
South West
Sectors:
Recreation, Local Authorities
Local Alliances:
Plymouth 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?

Plymouth Libraries can offer access to useful information and resources regarding Dementia. In addition, we can also offer signposting to a variety of organisations, who can provide practical advice and support to Dementia sufferers and their carers. We also provide opportunities for isolated adults with Dementia to interact with others and have meaningful experiences, for example over 50s friendship groups and Caring for Carers.

 Our Health Action Zone events calendar provides an opportunity to create awareness of Dementia, and the Dementia Friendly city activity in Plymouth, whilst offering networking opportunities for relevant local agencies. We aim to link up the support that Dementia sufferers and their carers can access, and promote our resources relating to Dementia and mental health.  

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

We would like to develop a greater awareness of the background to, and working effectively with people experiencing Dementia, for our customer-facing staff. In terms of outcomes, we would aim to have people with demdementia and thei carers using library services and resources to enhamnce their lives, and inform their decsion-making.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Awareness for staff

    We would like to develop a greater awareness of the background to, and working effectively with people experiencing Dementia, for our Customer-facing staff. 

    Status:
    Initial Scoping
  • Public events focused on Dementia Support

    Hosting events focused on Dementia support and enhancing the lives of those experiencing Dementia. Working in partnership with local organisations and networks to promote Dementia awareness and services.

    We also aim to have people with Dementia and their carers using library services to enhance their lives, and inform decision-making.

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Working in Partnership and promoting services for people with Dementia

    Act as a trailblazing regional library authority in promoting the services we offer to Dementia sufferers; we will share our experiences with other regional authorities.

    Working in partnership with local organisations and networks to promote Dementia awareness and services.

    Status:
    Implementation