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St Johns Library

Public Library

26 September 2017
West Midlands
Local Alliances:
Worcester 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?

Libraries aim to support the local community by being accessible and welcoming for all. By sharing information and best practice we can learn about other resources and training and support that may be available.  This will allow us to signpost customers and form new partnerships which will benefit the public.

 By having increased contact with people with dementia, family friends and carers we can discover what is needed and what we can do to best meet these needs. 

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

The key challenge is participation.  Promotion of events and working with the right people.

 Part of this includes ensuring that people know we are a dementia - friendly venue and that staff are trained to an appropriate level of awareness.  We will use new partnerships and social media to do this.

 Keeping up to date with current e-resources for staff and customers.

2. Actions

  • Reading Well Books

    Promote the Reading Well Books on Prescription booklist which includes dementia titles. This is a nationally produced collection of self-help books that any library member can borrow which contains titles helpful to those recently diagnosed with Dementia and also those caring for or supporting them. The collection includes books in four areas: Information and Advice, Living well with Dementia, support for relatives and carers, and personal stories.

    Being implemented

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Promote Dementia Awareness Week

    Promote Dementia Awareness Week in May, organise a display with appropriate books and invite local organisations/charities.   This will raise awareness of the public and also promote the local support organisations.


    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Dementia Friendly Film Club.

    Dementia Friendly Film Club. We plan to run a film club monthly specifically for dementia suffers and their family and friends.  We have already been discussing this with some local Dementia groups and they have suggested we look at a song based film to encourage the participants to join in.


    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    New member