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Quick Reads in Southend Libraries | 2 November 2012

Brief intro to the work that Southend Libraries have done to promote Quick Reads.

Posted in: Administrations | United Kingdom | Basic Skills/Skills for Life/Literacy/ESOL/Emergent Readers

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Welcome To Your Library - Essex County Council | 24 September 2012

This welcome guide was a joint project between Essex Libraries, Maldon and Dengie Local Action group (one of 12 groups in Essex which help plan services for young people and adults with a learning disability), and TMHS (Tendring Mental Health Support) Independent Advocacy project. Initially people with a learning disability visited local libraries and shared their experiences. They then worked with a member of library staff and advocacy support to put together this welcome guide. The ICE (Inclusive Communication Essex ) project advised on Easy Read and making the guide accessible. The guide is given to new library members and promoted to local groups.

Posted in: Disability - learning disabilities | United Kingdom | Administrations

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"Feel better with a book at Peckham Library" | 12 September 2012

Example of a poster promoting a new reading group, co-organised with The Reader Organisation.

Posted in: Administrations | United Kingdom | Health & wellbeing

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Building on Success - Six Book Challenge 2012 | 10 September 2012

Southend Libraries' report of the 2012 Six Book Challenge, in which they worked in partnership with Southend Adult Community College, (SACC) Rethink Recovery Point, Milton Community Partnership, Shared Space and the Supported Volunteering project (SAVS).

Posted in: Administrations | England | Basic Skills/Skills for Life/Literacy/ESOL/Emergent Readers

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Developments following the course, | 28 August 2012

Lots of activities were carried out across LibrariesWest as a result of and inspired by the seminar, including:

Information sessions at Yeovil (Somerset), Emersons Green and Yate libraries (South Gloucestershire), run by Action for Blind People, to answer questions about services covering all aspects of sight loss including housing, financial and employment advice as well as advice and support on products and software to help visually impaired people

  • Drop in sessions at Thornbury and Downend libraries (South Gloucestershire) to provide guidance to visually impaired people on zero and low-cost access to computers, with opportunities to try i-readers, access books using magnification, audio, e-readers and e-audio
  • A talk at Burnham Library (Somerset) about the work of the National Blind Children’s Society which gave an insight into how they produce books in large print on demand for children as well as other work they are involved in
  • A training programme for library staff in Somerset (delivered by Somerset Sight) on how to help people with a visual impairment, which will be rolled out initially to libraries as they introduce self service.


Posted in: Disability - visual impairment | England | Administrations

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South Tyneside's work with people with dementia | 14 August 2012

The South Tyneside Local Studies Librarian was invited, several years ago, to speak to a group of people with dementia, and their carers, at a “Dementia Cafe” luncheon club.

She carefully put together a loose “talk”, quite chatty, about the old library in South Shields, and Amy Flagg, wartime photographer – just about 10 minutes; this was to invite participation from the audience. It worked quite well.

On another occasion she invited a group of people with dementia to a display of wartime memorabilia, put together by the library and volunteers as part of the TPYF2 project (Respecting the Past: Remembering South Tyneside’s Wartime Memories). The aim was not to record their memories but to give the individuals within the group an opportunity to see the images and reminisce together.

"Following this, members of our local history group have worked hard with us to create displays which can be loaned out to homes. This they do independently as we struggle with capacity. The displays provide opportunities for all who live in, work in, or visit relatives at, the homes, to reminisce and talk about the images. The displays are also used at Heritage Open Days – to enhance experience of visitors. They are not necessarily top quality – but fulfil an important need – to encourage dialogue and conversation. The group manages any “loss of images”, and stands the cost of copies and laminating. There is no charge to homes etc, but sometimes people offer donations to further this work.

The library also has a website of local images which enables individuals to see images in the collection, and to use these for research, homework, reminiscence ...

Our contribution is small, but a step towards what could be achieved."

Posted in: Health & wellbeing | Older people | United Kingdom | Administrations

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Community Impact Award-winner 2012 | 25 July 2012

"The Stroke Survivors Group

Recovering from a stroke is not just about learning to talk and walk again; it is about overcoming a sense of isolation and re-building a belief in the future after a devastating event.
The Stroke Survivors group meet each week in Paignton library to support each other in relearning computer skills they may have lost – such as sending an email or using a mouse.
Being able to use the technology gives them an opportunity to reach out to others in a similar situation and the model is now being used to develop similar clubs across the country."

This Award is part of the Technology4Good Awards 2012.

Posted in: Health & wellbeing | United Kingdom | Administrations

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BBC Skillswise. Reading groups: Enjoying books together | 24 July 2012

"The reading group is targeted at adults with skills for life issues and shows how libraries can engage with this group in a meaningful and positive way. Follow the link to hear Ron, Sue, Shaun and Sam talk about what the Friday reading group means to them and how they feel it has made a positive impact on their confidence and progression."

Posted in: Basic Skills/Skills for Life/Literacy/ESOL/Emergent Readers | United Kingdom | Administrations

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Southend's Community Safety Roadshows | 15 June 2012

This poster advertising Community Safety Roadshows demonstrates a good example of partnership-working, where libraries are integrated into wider community issues.

Posted in: Administrations | England | Partnerships

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Get Into Reading Wigan: Social Prescribing Arts Programme, Working Neighbourhood Fund. Final Report March 2010-2012 | 5 June 2012

"The final report into a two year project to develop a collaborative Get Into Reading Project with Wigan Council providing personal functioning benefits for unemployed individuals experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, mental health problems, with the aim of reducing unemployment."

Posted in: Health & wellbeing | Poverty & low income / Unemployment / Recession | United Kingdom | Administrations

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