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Brighton & Hove Libraries

A library service which offers services to anyone who lives, works or studies in Brighton & Hove. Lending books and other materials, including the Reading Well Books On Prescription titles, recommended by health professionals for people living with dementia, their families and carers. Providing pcs and wifi and a welcoming community space with regular free or low cost events and activities

5 January 2018
South East
Arts, Children Young People and Students, Community organisations, Education Sector, Local Authorities, Recreation

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?

Libraries can support people with dementia and their carers by the provision of relevant and accurate information, and signposting to relevant organisations. Many library staff have attended Dementia Friends training, so have some understanding of how to support library customers with dementia. Libraries provide free and welcoming community spaces for all members of the community to use for social and leisure purposes. The provision of materials and activities targeted at people with dementia and their families and carers

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

Limited resources have led to a significantly reduced number of staff and the introduction of self service libraries, self issue kiosks etc which may deter people with dementia and other vulnerable groups from using libraries. Fewer staff, so less time to engage with customers and run targeted activities.

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