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Better Read | 13 March 2013
Brief report of ‘Better Read’, a bibliotherapy event held in the National Library of Scotland on the 27 February 2013, organized by the Scottish Health Information Network, and NHS Education for Scotland Knowledge Services.
Cancer care support and information | 23 January 2013
Devon Libraries are working in partnership with the Peninsula Cancer Network, Macmillan, CAB, North Devon District Hospital and FORCEto offer a range of cancer information and support for people in North Devon. The libraries directly involved are Barnstaple, Bideford, Holsworthy and Ilfracombe.
These libraries all offer special book collections about cancer along with staff support when possible to access and use online information such as the Macmillan website and NHS Choices.
In addition the following libraries are hosting monthly CAB/Macmillan advice sessions aimed at supporting people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses by offering free guidance on subjects such as debt, welfare and insurance.
"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.
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."
Library Memory Groups with The Reader Organisation | 25 July 2012
Examples of Library Memory Groups in Devon.
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.
Get Into Reading Wigan: Social Prescribing Arts Programme, Working Neighbourhood Fund. Final Report March 2010 â€" March 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."
"Home library service keeps Linda reading" | 31 May 2012
Six Book Challenge case study which shows the impact of reading and visits from the library service on one woman's life.
Improving the mental health and wellbeing of vulnerable adults through shared learning (Reading Groups) - Westminster City Council | 19 April 2012
"Poor mental health is an issue for the City of Westminster. Therefore promoting mental health and wellbeing is a priority for the Westminster City Partnership Health and Care Network.
Westminster City Council has established ‘Share a Book’ reading groups in three of its libraries, targeted at adults at risk of social isolation or living with low level mental ill health. The mental health and wellbeing of those taking part in the reading groups has improved."
Case Study from the Local Government Improvement and Development theme on 'Tackling the social determinants of health through culture and sport'.