Bromsgrove, Rubery and Catshill Libraries are now members of the Dementia Action Alliance

Published Thursday, 17th August 2017

Bromsgrove, Rubery and Catshill Libraries are the first of Worcestershire's libraries to become members of the Dementia Action Alliance.

Membership has been awarded to all three libraries following the completion of Dementia Friends training by all staff members over the last 12 months. 

The membership acknowledges the Library Service's commitment to welcoming all people into the library including those with dementia and to tailoring their service to meet individual customer needs.

The aim over the next 12 months is for the rest of the county's libraries to also achieve membership.

Library members can borrow from the dementia book collection which includes books with information and advice on living well with dementia, support for relatives and carers and personal stories.  The collection is part of the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme introduced by the Reading Agency and supported by a number of health partners including the Department of Health IAPT Programme and Royal College of General Practitioners.

Also included in the Books on Prescription scheme are books to help give added value and guidance to people of all ages with difficulties such as stress, anxiety, depression and sleeplessness. Borrowers may be introduced to the book titles in the scheme via their doctor, but they can also find out about more about them by talking to library staff, browsing the collection in libraries or browsing the library catalogue. 

All library members are free to borrow any of the titles in the scheme for up to three weeks at a time. There is also a free reservation facility on the titles in the scheme.

Cllr Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Communities, said: "Health and wellbeing is one of the five key priorities for the Library Service so it is particularly important for us to be members of national organisations such as Dementia Action Alliance.  Through the membership there is recognition that we are committed to welcoming people with dementia into our libraries and supporting relatives and carers.

"We are really keen to make sure the local community is aware of the support provided through our libraries including our Books on Prescription collection."