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Keswick Library - Cumbria County Council

Cumbria Library Service

10 May 2017
North West
Local DAA Members, Local Authorities
Local Alliances:
Keswick 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?

Dementia Resource Bags

Cumbria Library Service has produced a range of Resource Bags, specifically designed to be used with people with dementia. The Resource Bags are themed, with topics ranging from Growing Up to Gardening, and contain a range of topic-related books, pictures, activities and other items to share and talk about.

The bags may be borrowed for 3 weeks at a time by library members, free of charge. They are available in our libraries across Allerdale, but can be requested free of charge to borrow from any library in the county.

Reading Well Books on Prescription: Dementia

Reading Well Books on Prescription: Dementia is a national scheme delivered through libraries, to support people with dementia and their carers. The scheme aims to help people to understand and manage their health and wellbeing through self-help reading. The 25 titles on the booklist, have been recommended by health experts and people with lived experience of dementia. The books can be recommended by health professionals or people can self-refer and borrow titles for free from their local library. The titles on the booklist are divided into four categories: information and advice; living well with dementia; support for relatives and carers; and personal stories. The scheme is endorsed by leading health organisations.


Carers Ticket

The Library Service understands the pressures carers face and provides a dedicated Carers Library card which provides an extended 8 week loan period for books and talking books.

 Home Delivery Service

For anyone who is physically unable to visit the library, the library service offers a Home Delivery Service, where staff at the individual’s nearest library choose the books and arrange for them to be delivered to the person’s home.

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

Challenges around reduction of resources across Local Authorities; however, working in partnership is a plus point. 



2. Actions

  • Extend provision of Reading Well books

    Extend provision of Reading Well Books on Prescription: Dementia collections in our libraries

    During the financial year 2017-18, the Library Service will increase the number of Reading Well Books on Prescription: Dementia collections to libraries located within Dementia Action Alliance Areas

    Being implemented
  • Promotion & Network

    Staff will develop appropriate networks at local level to promote more widely the various dementia resources on offer through the library se

  • Staff Training

    Two x one day staff training days are being commissioned to take place in April 2017, to be run by Sally Knocker, lead trainer with Dementia Care Matters, a leading dementia care, culture change training organisation led by David Sheard.

    The training days encourage staff to put themselves ‘in the shoes’ of a person living with dementia and their families and provide practical strategies in terms of how to respond to someone who might be visiting the service and could find some aspects of the environment or systems unwelcoming.

    Alongside this, Dementia Friends training will continue to be rolled out for library staff

  • Dementia friends sessions

    Offer space within library for dementia friends sessions to be delivered.