Since September 2019 we have developed our Library Dementia Friendly Initiative, here are the key aspects:
- We have checked that our Library is dementia friendly in its layout and signage so that it is a place where people living with dementia feel comfortable and safe.
- We have striven to increase the awareness of dementia in the local area. Initially we focussed on offering awareness sessions to our Library Volunteers and developing an online tutorial. We are very pleased to say 65% of our volunteers have become Dementia Friends. We also opened our doors to the wider community, the roll-out was hampered due to the lock-down but we are looking forward to restarting our dementia awareness campaign soon.
- We became a member of the South Tyneside Dementia Action Alliance to learn from the experiences of others in the borough and use this to continue to improve the services we offer to our Library Users.
- We have set up a Dementia Information Hub. This is a one stop shop for leaflets and promotional literature on services and support that are available in the local area for those living with or affected by Dementia.
- We have recently added to our collection of books a range that is specifically around dementia as well as some on nostalgia. We are hoping that these books will inform people of what dementia is but also provide support to people living with dementia and their carers, plus be invaluable to trigger memories and conversations. Click here to find out more.
- We have made preparations to start a monthly Memory Café which has been generously funded by the Cleadon & District Rotary Club; more details will be available when we have a date for group activities to recommence in the Library.
- We have sought out opportunities to share content which might interest our Library users. One of our Dementia Friends wrote an article to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe and to evoke wartime memories. It shows a number of wartime images and memorabilia plus links to old film footage. Click here to read the article in full.
- We have a group of Library Volunteers who signed up to do a 6 mile Memory Walk around Boldon and Cleadon to raise awareness of dementia and to raise vital funds for the Alzheimer’s Society. Originally planned for 20th September this was postponed due to local Covid restrictions, however the walk was rescheduled for 24th and 31st October and all ten walkers completed the route. Our target was to raise £1,000 but we have surpassed our initial expectations to raise a fantastic £4,000 for a very worthy cause. To find out more, click here.
We would like to thank all of the local organisations that have provided financial support with our Dementia Friendly Initiative, especially Cleadon & District Rotary Club, and also Rolls-Royce Washington and Unite for the new Dementia books and funding received for the Memory Café.
In addition to this we have received donations of books and donations to our Memory Walk from local residents. A big “thank you” to everyone who has supported our initiative.
For updates & ongoing Dementia Friendly activities visit The Library’s Facebook Supporters Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/154398761925910/
For more information on dementia and support available visit the Alzheimer’s Society website https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/