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Southampton City Libraries

Southampton has 11 library buildings of which 5 are run in partnership with community organisations, across the City. The libraries welcome just under 1 million visitors each year and over 92% of the population are within a mile of their local library. Libraries are fantastic local places where anyone can come in to read, meet, relax or use computer. Many libraries are used by groups to offer activities and support to local people. During 2015/16 we loaned 962, 523 items.

11 July 2017
South East
Local Alliances:
Dementia Friendly Southampton (Southampton DAA)

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 want to ensure that we offer a service available for all. We will do this by raising awareness of dementia amongst our staff, offering reminiscence sessions and a Home Library Service for people unable to visit the library amongst other services.

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

The challenges would be to get staff to a 45 minute Dementia Friends awareness session. I am actively looking at the videos and e-learning module as suitable alternatives.

We sometimes struggle to get enough people to attend the reminscence sessions.

Encouraging Home Library volunteers to attend dementia awareness sessions

We would like to consider more indepth changes e.g. making library guiding more dementia friendly. Need to investigate what this involves.

2. Actions

  • We will raise our awareness of dementia

    Many library staff have already attended a Dementia Friends session. Our aim is to raise awareness with all staff and ensure a Dementia Friends session is part of the induction process for new staff.

    Being implemented
  • We will provide a section of the library that focuses on books about dementia, and signposting to services

    We will continue to provide access to books about Dementia via a dedicated promotional area in the library that also contains information about organisations that can provide help and support.

  • We will offer reminiscence sessions

    We will continue to offer reminiscence sessions for people living with dementia and their carers using local history as a theme.

  • We will provide a Home Library Service for those unable to travel

    Using volunteers we provide a Home Library Service to people unable to visit their local library.