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Kirklees Libraries

Kirklees Libraries Vision – well trained friendly people will deliver a free, equal and accessible library and information service in a safe and creative community space, available to all and targeted at specific groups. Through books, e resources, IT, signposting, visitor information and working in partnership we will support and improve life chances for all on a range of subjects including literacy, health, financial capability, business growth and digital inclusion. Kirklees Libraries are a vital point for the local community enabling access to information, recreation, engagement, advice and guidance. Active involvement from the community and relevant partners is positively encouraged. We do this by providing a range of services which include:- • Reading for pleasure, information and knowledge • Staffed access to visitor information • Enquiries and signposting • Access to council services • Free use of computers and support to improve ICT skills • A range of resources including DVDs, audio books, large print books and books in community languages • Activities for adults and children

8 June 2016
Yorkshire and Humber
Arts, Children Young People and Students, Community organisations, Education Sector, Health, Local Authorities, Local DAA Members, Recreation
Local Alliances:
Kirklees 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?

24 Libraries situated across the whole of Kirklees. Accessible and friendly spaces open and welcoming to all. Individuals and groups are welcome to visit for support, information and social  activities. The Home Library Service serves people who are unable to visit the library because of disability, illness, or frailty. Information on dementia and community resources including: Health books in each library on a range of issues that may affect people with dementia and their carers, such as depression, stress and anxiety. Reminiscence resources, Audio books, Large print books. Bibliotherapy is the use of fiction and poetry to support and increase positive outcomes for people with mental health and wellbeing issues including dementia.  Sessions are held on hospital wards and in community settings e.g. dementia cafes. Book Chat sessions take place in a variety of libraries. Individuals can drop in and take part as often or as little as they wish. Bookchat is unlike a conventional reading group, as it is more informal. The Kirklees Transcription Service can provide alternative formats (Braille, large print and audio format) for people with a visual impairment. They can also produce tactile images such as maps, plans, diagrams and even simplified pictures. Kirklees Recorder Talking News is a free, audio news and features service for people who find it difficult to read local newspaper. Working with partners we undertake health promotion activities and can promote external services

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

Being able to respond with the ever tighter budget constraints and capacity issues which this brings. Having the ability to balance this commitment alongside all our other commitments. Training staff who work on the frontline, allowing them time to undertake training while the library is open to the public.

2. Actions

  • Improve awareness and understanding of dementia – for staff and volunteers

    1. Dementia training is included in our Training Plan

    2. Staff and volunteers are supported to undertake dementia awareness training

    3. Staff and volunteers are encouraged to become Dementia Friends 

    Being implemented
  • Improve awareness and understanding of dementia – for others

    Raise awareness of what libraries can do to support people with dementia, their families and carers. Raise awareness of what libraries can do to support other agencies who work with people with dementia, their families and carers. Promote online access to relevant information. Provide assisted access to online resources. Hold Dementia Awareness Sessions in our libraries at activities such as coffee mornings, evening meetings. Promote services that work with people with dementia by holding displays, providing stocks of promotional material including posters. Signpost customers to relevant services for support. Purchase and promote collections of resources for people with dementia, about dementia and about caring.

    Being implemented
  • Continue to work with partners to improve services for people with dementia

    Work with partners to ensure our staff and customers are aware of what is available: service, resources and activities.


    Being implemented
  • Promote the benefits of reading for pleasure

    Raise awareness of how reading can have a positive effect on peoples well being.   Promote the book chat and reading group sessions held in various libraries.


    Being implemented
  • Promote activities and services

    Continue to promote, develop and deliver activities within LICs that help to prevent social isolation.

    Raise awareness of the Home Service which provides more than just books and information, it can be a front door to council and partner services.

    Promote the service to care homes and the resources available for reminiscence.

    Implementation, Planning, Delivery
  • Dementia Friendly Environments

    Aim to ensure our libraries are friendly, non-threatening, non-judgemental, easily accessible, and welcoming spaces.

    Research what is required to create dementia friendly environments in our library locations.

    Being implemented