We are delighted to be joining the Dementia Awareness Alliance this month and sign up to the National Dementia Declaration.

We have developed an Action Plan which means that we are committed to improving the lives of people with dementia and recognise that they shouldn’t be treated differently because of their diagnosis.  We will share best practice and look forward to learning about how we can respond best to the needs of people living with dementia.

We provide welcoming and friendly spaces where people can borrow books, access information, engage with the digital world and take part in stimulating and creative events, learning and activities. Some of our libraries host cafes where people can meet informally. We deliver many of our services online and offer a Home Library Service for people who are unable to visit their local library. Our Archives welcome a wide variety of visitors and support reminiscence work as part of the service and in partnership with other organisations. All of our staff have taken part in Dementia Friends training and we aim to train new staff and our volunteers as part of the induction process.

One of our key services is the delivery of the Reading Agency’s Books on Prescription which includes a Dementia collection. There are 25 titles in the collection which can be found on the shelves in all of our libraries, or can be ordered free, which people might find helpful if they have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia or want to find out more about the condition. The books include information and advice, help after diagnosis, practical support for carers and personal stories.

People can find out more about Books on Prescription on our website https://exploreyork.org.uk/reference/health-and-wellbeing/, by calling into their local library or by coming along to the launch of our new Books on Prescription for Long Term Conditions at York Explore on Friday 28 July at 10.30am where we will have all of our collections on display and stalls where people can talk to local health care and support organisations about what they offer.