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Gateshead Libraries

Gateshead Council public library service Council Libraries – Central Library, Birtley Library, Pelaw Library, Leam Lane Library, Crawcrook Library, Blaydon Library, Chopwell Library and Wrekenton Library

13 March 2018
North East
Local Authorities
Local Alliances:
Gateshead Dementia Action Alliance, North East Dementia 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 have been a member of the local DAA for several years and wish to continue with our membership. The library service is valued and recognised as an inclusive destination and we are active in responding to social cohesion. We face the challenge of Making Gateshead Thrive - Gateshead Councils vision by working with partners and within council priorities

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

Time and financial constraints and resources are challenges. Many of our activities are self supporting.
I am a dementia champion and can offer internal awareness sessions in addition to offering sessions for the public.

We can work with RVS to deliver training to volunteers working with our Readers at Home service

Member contacts

Contact name: Denise Envy

Address: Leam Lane Library 129 Cotemede Gateshead NE10 0QH

Telephone: 0191 4336428


Website address:www.gatesheadlibraries.com

Member website


2. Actions

  • Gateshead Libraries will provide a safe, accessible and welcoming environment for all

    Gateshead Council Libraries are welcoming and inclusive.  

  • Gateshead Libraries Employees are dementia friendly

    Continue to offer dementia friends awareness sessions for employees to ensure we have dementia friends in all libraries


  • Provide appropriate resources and signpost

    What we are going to do: Gateshead Libraries have specific collections of books for people living with dementia and their carers available from all Council Libraries.

    ’Pictures to Share’ this collection of books is intended for people with mid to late stage dementia. The books are simple, clear and often colourful, with no confusing backgrounds or content that is difficult to interpret. They are chosen because they provide an opportunity for telling stories or for linking in to themes that most people will recognise – such as ‘In the Garden’, ‘Travelling’, ‘Shopping’, ‘Beside the Seaside’. The books are available to borrow individually or as a set, free of charge to individuals, community groups and organisations

    Reading Well: Books on Prescription: Dementia

    This collection could be helpful if you have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia or would like to find out more about the condition. The books provide information and advice, support for living well, advice for relatives and carers, and personal stories. They are endorsed by health professionals and can all be found in Gateshead Council Libraries

    Readers at Home: Free library service to people in their own home, in residential or care homes,  for those people who are unable to access a library due to mobility problems or if they are carers or young carers. Delivered in partnership with RVS

    Activities for living well: Gateshead Libraries promote existing activities for living well such as: Coffee  Mornings, Readers Groups, Vision-Impaired Readers Group, Friends Like Us,  and Knit and Natter. We gather feedback to ensure we improve

    Gateshead Libraries  participate in campaigns such as Carers Week and Dementia Awareness Week and are committed to upholding the Society of Chief Librarians national dementia offer:  http://readingagency.org.uk/adults/PublicLibraryDementiaOffer.pdf

    Signpost to other services: offer information about organisations and societies who can support people living with dementia