East Riding of Yorkshire Council - Library Service

Through a network of 23 branch libraries, mobile libraries and a community service vehicle the library service provides free information, resources and targeted activities to residents throughout the East Riding. The East Riding of Yorkshire Council Library Service is developing its health offer to further support the health and wellbeing of its residents.

Updated:
23 September 2015
Location:
Yorkshire and Humber
Sectors:
Recreation
Local Alliances:
Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, East Riding 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?

Reminiscence sessions provided by library staff trained in reminiscence for people living with dementia and their carers. Two Digital Reminiscence Therapy Units placed in branches to be booked out for use in the library by people wanting to make a digital scrapbook of their lives. Adoption and promotion of the National Reading Well – Books on Prescription Dementia scheme. Working with the Carers Support Service to provide Prepare to Care sessions as a way for carers to access advice and support.  Dementia Awareness Training provided for families/carers. Staff as Dementia Friends and able to demonstrate understanding and signpost appropriately. Venues for information provision by Dementia organisations i.e.  Alzheimer’s Society. Being a safe, neutral and welcoming place for those living with dementia and their families/carers.      Health information available at all service points. Engagement with people living with dementia and their carers to find out what they want and how we can develop our offer.

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

The majority of the listed outcomes are currently being delivered. However, promoting our offer to potential participants and getting the variety of our activities known to the public is a challenge.

Health partners are signposting people to us but involving GP’s in recommending various activities would make a vast difference to take up. This has been seen to work in one locality where a GP has a specific interest in dementia.

For this to happen in each locality would secure ongoing participation but we must engage GP’s in our offer and promote our dementia offer to the public.

Member website

www.eastriding.gov.uk

2. Actions

  • Reminiscence Sessions

    Reminiscence Sessions are led by library staff trained in reminiscence work. The sessions are also supported by the Alzheimer’s Society. The sessions are for those living with dementia and their carers, providing opportunities for people to develop new social networks and to have fun with others in a similar situation. Monthly sessions take place in the library establishing the library as a safe, supportive and welcoming place.

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Digital Reminiscence Therapy Units

    Digital Reminiscence Therapy Units are placed in specific libraries enabling people living with dementia and their carers to create a digital personal history of their life using photographs and comments. The focus of the work undertaken with the Digital Reminiscence Therapy Units is to help people sustain relationships with others.    

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Reading Well – Books on Prescription Dementia scheme

    Adoption and active promotion of the National Reading Well – Books on Prescription Dementia scheme. The Reading Agency have worked with dementia healthcare experts, people with dementia and carer groups to select a list of titles that provide support and advice for people with dementia and their carers. Health professionals and organisations use the list to recommend books to people. The titles are also available for anyone to borrow free-of-charge from all East Riding of Yorkshire branch and mobile libraries.

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Prepare to Care Sessions

    We work in partnership with the Carers Support Service to provide Prepare to Care sessions. These sessions offer carers access to information and advice on support they can access.

    Prepare to Care sessions take place in a specific library for three months then move to another branch meaning the sessions span the East Riding. The library setting provides a vital neutral environment within which to access support and information from the support worker.

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Dementia Awareness Training

    Dementia Awareness Training delivered in an ongoing programme by an external trainer in East Riding libraries in partnership with Public Health. The training is primarily for the carers of those living with dementia, but has also been attended by council departments, care workers, emergency services staff and library staff, enabling communities to have understanding and be helpful and supportive of those living with dementia and their carers.

     One carer commented, “Everyone should have this training!”

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Dementia Friends

    All branch library staff are Dementia Friends helping create dementia friendly communities.

    This enables staff to signpost people appropriately and improves awareness and understanding of dementia and the effect it has on both the carer and the cared for.

    Working with the local Alzheimer’s Society a number of library staff have attended Dementia Friends sessions. Those staff cascaded the session content to all other staff who supported their learning with the online Dementia Friends session.

     

    Status:
    Completed
  • Venues for information provision by Dementia organisations i.e. Alzheimer’s Society

    Libraries are available as venues for information provision by dementia organisations to raise awareness amongst the general public and connect with those living with dementia and with their carers.

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Libraries - a safe, neutral and welcoming place for those living with dementia and their carers.

    Libraries help people feel safe and supported in their communities and are a place people can go without being judged or discriminated against.

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Health information available at all service points

    Libraries provide access to appropriate health information.

    As part of this provision libraries work with various health organisations and public health to support and signpost people with health issues and to support health promotions such as Dementia Awareness Week and Carers Week.

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Engagement with people living with dementia and their carers

    We will engage with people living with dementia and with their carers through our current activities and through working with our health partners to find out what people want and to develop our offer further.

    Status:
    Planning