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Central Library, South Shields

The Central Library is based within the heart of South Shields offering a range of activities and services to the community such as language courses and books on prescription.

16 November 2015
North East
Local Alliances:
North East Dementia Alliance, South Tyneside 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?

The Central Library in South Shields is working hard to become dementia friendly by ensuring we actively promote our books on prescription via care homes and signposting within the library itself. We also plan on having all our employees and volunteers become Dementia Friends so that they feel prepared and confident to assist vistors who may be living with dementia.

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

We are currently having a new library built so there is a limited amount of large changes we can do within the current library. We are however going to make sure we keep a dementia friendly environment in mind when the new library is built so that the new signs etc are clear and easy to read.

We may also struggle to find adequate time to have our volunteers and employees attend a Dementia Friends session, however we are looking into having back to back sessions to accomodate this.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Friends

    We plan to have all our volunteers and employees become Dementia Friends to increase their awareness and understanding of the disease. We hope this will in turn help spread the word about Dementia Friends to our visitors so we can open up some sessions to the public.

  • Books on Prescription

    We plan to invest further in Books on Prescription and look into way of promoting and raising awareness of this service we offer. We currently work with carehomes so we would like to ensure that they are aware of the books on offer to help their residents.

  • Signposting to local services

    We plan to signpost local dementia services happening within the community, as well as having information available regarding dementia from the Alzheimers Society.