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Jesmond Library

In March 2013, Newcastle City Council confirmed its decision to close Jesmond Library, after fifty years of faithful service to the public. However, a group of local residents decided to set up a working group to fight the closure and prepare a plan to open the library on a volunteer basis. Friends of Jesmond Library is now a limited company and registered charity. We have received many generous offers of financial and volunteer support from local residents. Without this support the library would not have been able to re-open or continue to operate. The doors of the library were officially reopened on the 21st September 2013. As well as retaining the library’s free services, the Friends of Jesmond Library have extended its activities in line with the suggestions of local residents, turning the library into a community hub, enjoyed by all ages. Stay informed of our progress and events by signing up for our newsletter, and, best of all, call into the library, and meet our friendly volunteers.

22 March 2016
North East
Communication, Education Sector
Local Alliances:
Jesmond Dementia Action Alliance, North East Dementia 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 are keen to support Jesmond in becoming dementia friendly through using the library as a  dementia hub for the community should they wish to find out more about dementia and local services and support available to them. We are also happy to use the library facilities to host public Dementia Friends sessions as a way of increasing awareness throughout Jesmond and assisting  the alliance with this particular aim.

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

We are financially constrained to make any large environment differences however we do plan to make changes where possible to ensure the library is as dementia friendly as possible.

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2. Actions

  • Dementia Friends

    We will ensure that all our library volunteers attend a Dementia Friends session in order to raise their knowledge and awareness of the disease so that they are able to spot the signs on any visitors and be able to assist them confidently during their time in the library.

  • Books on Prescription

    We have successfully managed to team up with Newcastle's Central Library in order to have access to the 'Books on Prescription' scheme within our library. We will continue to run and monitor this scheme and make sure we are aware of what books relating to dementia are available so that we can assist visitors with choosing the right one for them.

  • Dementia Information Hub

    We have created a 'Dementia Information Hub' within a section of the library to as a one stop shop for all things dementia which should make it much simpler for anyone in the community seeking help and guidence on the subject. Within the hub there will be the books on prescription, Alzheimer Society factsheets, local dementia friendly events and services and general signposting if they would like to find out further information.