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Bury Council Library Service

We are the library service for Bury Council

3 February 2015
North West
Local Alliances:
Bury 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?

We currently act as host venues for Dementia Cafes in libraries and are looking to expand this provision.  We stock a selection of reading material about Dementia.  Some staff have attended training on Dementia Awareness and the information has been cascaded to all library staff in the form of a powerpoint presentation.  We provide a luncheon club aimed at people living in isolation and particularly anyone needing a little extra support.

 We aim to upskill all staff in the challenges facing those with dementia and include dementia in our equality and diversity agenda.

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

Dementia awareness training attended by designated Dementia Champions which has been shared with all library staff as in Q1 above.  We work closely with the Bury Carers Centre in providing venues for sessions and a regular reading group. Challenges include decreased staffing, meaning that time for training is also reduced, decreased funding, meaning that any additional activities would have to be provided free of charge of funding streams accessed.

2. Actions

  • Improve the Skills of library front line staff in recognising and effectively dealing with and supporting people who may be living with Dementia

    Reinforce general awareness on dementia to staff across the library service by the end of 2015 through a training programme.

  • Increase number of Dementia Cafes held within libraries

    Identify suitable library venues for size, accessibility etc, research funding streams and costings. by end of 2015

    Initial Scoping
  • Assess library venues to ensure suitability for people living with Dementia in terms of accessibility, recognition, displays etc.

    Inspections with people living with dementia to review service provision by March 2015

    Initial Scoping