Exeter Library is situated in the centre of Exeter. In addition to the traditional library functions the Library has a FAB LAB and Business and IP Centre.
- 17 February 2016
- South West
- Arts, Education Sector
- Local Alliances:
- Exeter Dementia Action Alliance (EDAA)
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?
Action 1: We will arrange for all staff and volunteers to attend Dementia Friends sessions to ensure greater understanding of the condition and how we can help.
Action 2: We will continue to support and host the library shared reading Memory Group for people living with dementia and their carers
Action 3: The library will continue to participate in the Reading Well Books on Prescription for Dementia project providing accredited books to people with dementia and their carers.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Releasing staff to attend sessions can be difficult however we are committed to having all staff and volunteers trained as Dementia Friends.
More generally, libraries are universal services meeting the needs of the whole community. This is a strength but also challenges attempts to develop specific knowledge to meet the needs of specific groups of service users.
The key is to focus on the customer experience and signposting role of libraries in the community.