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Staffordshire Libraries and Arts

Staffordshire Libraries and Arts provides books, information, computers, learning opportunities, cultural events and volunteering opportunities for local people.

Updated:
2 January 2020
Location:
West Midlands
Sectors:
Arts, Children Young People and Students, Local Authorities, Recreation
Local Alliances:
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Dementia Action Alliance, South Staffordshire Dementia Action Alliance, Cannock Chase Dementia Action Alliance, Tamworth Dementia Friendly Community, Stafford 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?

Staffordshire Libraries and Arts provides accessible, universal services to enable people to improve their quality of life.  This includes people with dementia.

We provide opportunities for people to participate in a wide range of social events and activities, such as coffee mornings, craft groups, reading groups, etc.  People with dementia and their carers are welcome to attend. We also support National Campaigns, with displays and activities, for example Dementia Awareness Week, Mental Health Awareness Week, etc.

We are an information and signposting service supporting people to make informed decisions to live their lives, also providing a range of book stock and resources.

We work with partners to raise awareness of their services to local communities.

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

As a univeral service, it can be challenging to manage the needs of different customers, for example, an environment tailored to families with children with autism will be different to an environment for someone with dementia.

Lack of funding available to make environmental changes to support different customers' needs.

2. Actions

  • To raise awareness of dementia with staff and volunteers

    We will commit to host Dementia Friends sessions for staff/volunteers and the public at our libraries (Working with Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Friends trainers)

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2020 - First Quarter Update

    Stafford DAA

    Dementia Friends training has taken place for staff and volunteers at Holmcroft Community Library and Rising Brook Community Library - approx 35 attended.

    Plan to roll out the training to new Community Managed Libraries at Gnosall and Eccleshall during 2020

    2017 - Fourth Quarter Update

    South Staffordshire DAA

    Dementia Friends training has taken place for staff and volunteers and the public at Penkridge, Codsall, Perton and Wombourne Library - approx 25 attended.

    2017 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Stafford DAA

    Reading Friends sessions took place in Stafford, working with volunteers to read and share books with people living with dementia in a care home setting.  all the volunteers had Dementia Friends training.

  • Introduce service improvements to support people with dementia

    Introduce service improvements to support people with dementia to continue to use the library service

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2020 - First Quarter Update

    A new Memory Support library customer category for people  with dementia which will enable them to have up to 14 library books at any one time with no overdue charges if they are returned late.  This will allow continued independent use of the library service.

  • To ensure we have relevant resources available in libraries

    We will promote our  related stock collections, in particular the Reading Well Books on Prescription collection for dementia

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2017 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • In selected libraries, we will celebrate national campaigns, related to dementia, health and well being

    We will use the Society of Chief Librarian's Universal Health Offer calendar spikes to help raise awareness of DAA through displays/events and activities and by signposting people to information and services:

    World Health Day

    Mental Health Awareness Week

    Dementia Awareness Week

    Carers Week

    Health Information Week

    World Mental Health Day

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2020 - First Quarter Update

    Each year, selected libraries help to raise awareness of key mental health campaigns through displays and activities.

    At Stafford Library, in November 2019, an event supported by the Alzheimer's Society was held to launch the Stafford Poet Laureate's collection called "100 Memories"

  • We will audit our library environment, to make libraries more dementia friendly

    Where feasible, we will make changes as recommended in the Dementia Friendly Physical Environments Checklists when we have changes to buildings, furnishings or new buildings
    Status:
    Investigating

    2020 - First Quarter Update

    Where feasible, we will make changes as recommended in the Dementia Friendly Physical Environments Checklists when we have changes to buildings, furnishings or new buildings