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Libraries NI shortlisted in prestigious Dementia Awards - November 2016

Libraries NI shortlisted for Dementia Awards 2016

Photographed at the Northern Ireland Dementia Friendly Awards ceremony, which was held in The Europa Hotel on 12 October 2016 are (from left to right): Fionnuala Breslin and Fionnuala McClelland from Ballyowen House; Fiona McGettigan, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust; and Karen Woods, Nikki Terlik & Sheena Gamble from Libraries NI.

 
Libraries NI shortlisted for Dementia Awards 2016  

Photographed at the Northern Ireland Dementia Friendly Awards ceremony, which was held in The Europa Hotel on 12 October 2016 are (from left to right): Karen Woods, Nikki Terlik & Sheena Gamble from Libraries NI.

 

Libraries NI’s Targeting Social Exclusion (TSE) team attended the Northern Ireland Dementia Friendly Awards ceremony which was held in The Europa Hotel on 12 October 2016.

Libraries NI had been shortlisted in three categories, for Large Organisation, Small Organisation and Partnership awards. The awards are held annually to recognise work in creating supportive and safe communities for people with dementia and their loved ones and they represent the very best practice in Northern Ireland today.

For the ‘Partnership Award’ and ‘Small Organisation’ categories, Libraries NI was shortlisted for the work carried out in Shankill Road Library with Hemsworth Court.

In April 2015 Shankill Road Library became part of a Dementia Friendly Community making the commitment to work towards improving the lives of people with dementia. One of the most vital aspects of this was to build and develop the partnership with Hemsworth Court, a housing scheme for people living with dementia and their families. Every week, the library hosts visits for the Hemsworth Court residents and since October 2015, they have been able to enjoy a range of activities including Knit and Natter, Mindful Colouring, iPad workshop, filming session, a World Book Day event and much more.

In terms of the Large Organisation Award, Libraries NI / Suffolk Library was shortlisted for its work with Ballyowen House. In 2015 Libraries NI met with the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust to establish a four-week programme in Suffolk Library that would suit dementia patients, focusing on reading and reminiscence activities to be implemented with the residents of Ballyowen House, including a visit to Suffolk Library for a reminiscence session using the Northern Ireland Screen Digital Film Archive (DFA). This programme was deemed a success and on completion of the initial four visits the service continued on a fortnightly basis providing reading material which included poems, songs and stories with each session having a theme such as work, seasons, entertainment or childhood. This arrangement continued until February 2016 when the centre closed. However the relationship with the activities co-ordinator continues and she can access library stock to use in other centres and there have been library visits to another centre in North Belfast to repeat a similar programme.

While Libraries NI didn’t collect one of the winners’ awards on the day, to have been honoured by being shortlisted for their work in helping dementia patients, is the start of a new area of work in which we hope to continue to develop and grow.