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The Archibald Corbett Community Library, Arts & Heritage Centre

Deliver a Catford South library service that gives communities and users the opportunity to be included and influence their service provision; and to respond to place based needs through co-location of information, books and other media, including the internet, and who value the civic space for study, learning, reading or simply to meet other people. The community will have access to increased range of cultural and education services when the library might have otherwise have closed thus meeting the need of the whole community.

27 January 2017
Arts, Charity, Community organisations, Education Sector, Membership Organisations, Other, Recreation, Voluntary
Local Alliances:
Lewisham 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 library aims to deliver better outcomes for people and their carers to live well in Catford South with dementia.  The library’s role is to contribute to providing an enabling and supportive environment where residents living with dementia:

feel valued and understoodhave a sense of belonging and of being a valued part of the community and civic lifehave support that helps them live their lifehave the knowledge and know-how to get what they need

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

An initial lack of understanding of dementia in the organisation and among volunteers running the library serviceTime constraints due to opening hours and volunteer rotas will be our main challenge. In the longer term, turnover of volunteers and training the new volunteers will be an important issue to plan for.We will endeavour to recognise customers living with dementia but this can prove to be challenging within a busy customer environment.An old building with limited budget to make any changes.Making connections with community organisations and professionals to enable good understanding and knowledge to be delivered to volunteers

2. Actions

  • Lead Person

    Identifying a person to take the lead for dementia in the library
    Initial Scoping
  • Provide inclusive activities

    Offering group activities for residents and people living in the wider community, including those with dementia

    Initial Scoping
  • Partnership working

    Working in partnership with other local organisations and networks to actively promote dementia-friendliness in the local community.
    Initial Scoping