Cambridgeshire Library Services
Anyone who is living, working or studying in Cambridgeshire or neighbouring counties, or visiting is welcome to join or visit our libraries. We offer rooms for hire, online services, activities for children, adults and older people, social events, open classes to learn how to use the internet for over 50s, and many other things..
- 15 December 2016
- East of England
- Local Alliances:
- East Cambridgeshire Dementia Action Alliance, Cambridge City Dementia Action Alliance, Fenland Dementia Action Alliance, South Cambridgeshire Dementia Action Alliance, Huntingdonshire Dementia Action Alliance
1. Action Plan
Providing accessible and inclusive services
Cambridgeshire Library Services also seeks to provide accessible and socially inclusive venues, services and events.
- Being implemented
Dementia specific reading lists
The Library Service will continue to offer specific reading lists, for example ‘Reading Well: Books on Prescription for Dementia’ and ‘Pictures To Share’, providing accredited books to health professionals, people with dementia and their carers, to help raise awareness and support those living with or caring for someone with dementia.
Promoting the Dementia Friends initiative
The Cambridgeshire Library Service has already hosted a number of Dementia Friends sessions and is very open to working further with people and organisations to make a difference for people living with dementia and their carers.
Key library staff can become Dementia Friends Champions so as to improve customer care and awareness for the library. We have rolled out Dementia Friends sessions to a large proportion of our frontline staff so that their knowledge of local services and ability to signpost to specialist and local sources of information is improved. This also develops their ability to signpost to our own services such as Memory Boxes, and EngAGE events for adults over 50.
Walkthrough with people with dementia
The Cambridge based Alzheimer's Society SURP (service user review panel) group have arranged to walkthrough Cambridge Central Library and review the physical environment. The SURP group is made up of local people who are living with dementia.
They will be using the 'dementia friendly environments checklist' and their own experience of walking round the premises to identify what, if anything, can be made more dementia friendly.
The library can then aim to use this feedback in any upcoming refurbishments or changes to the library's physical environment.