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Newmarket Library

Newmarket Library is a community library based in the Guineas shopping centre in Newmarket. We offer a range of events and activities for people of all ages. It’s free and easy to join the library. As well as books to borrow, you may also borrow story CDs, music CDs, DVDs and games. There is a small charge for hiring DVDs and games. Your library card gives you free access to the internet, our extensive digital library and the racing collection, a collection of books mainly on flat racing. All titles available in Suffolk can be requested for collection at Newmarket Library.

6 February 2018
East of England
Local Alliances:
Newmarket 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?

We help many people every day to access and use library services in the town, including books, information and technology. Many of our customers are regular to the library, we may be the only point of contact for that person in a week and we often become aware of changes in a person’s health. We are uniquely positioned to signpost people to other services in the town and elsewhere which can help to support a person living with dementia. We can help to deliver better outcomes for people living with dementia by being aware of complications caused by the condition which may impact on how people use the library and their own needs.

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

By making sure that all staff have access to Dementia Friends training to gain a good and greater understanding of the condition and how it is possible to live well with dementia. Training also helps staff not to make assumptions about people living with the condition.

2. Actions

  • Staff training on being a Dementia Friends

    All staff to attend training on being a Dementia Friend, delivered by a Dementia Champion.

  • Work in partnership with Newmarket DAA

    Newmarket Library will work with the Newmarket Dementia Action Alliance to support Newmarket to become a dementia friendly community and encourage other organisations to attend Dementia Friends sessions and sign up to the Dementia Action Alliance.

  • Promoting dementia awareness

    Newmarket Library will display the NDAA window sticker to show it is a member of the NDAA. Also when applicable and appropriate the dementia friendly sticker, to demonstrate it is a dementia friendly Organisation.

  • Sporting Memories group

    Newmarket Library will be running a Sporting Memories group every Friday morning 10.30am-12.15pm for people living with dementia and their carers. The group is open to any older person who may be feeling lonely or isolated. Refreshments will be available. The group launches on Friday 9th February 2018.

    Being implemented